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ancock Grafton 1 905-1 99 

President's message 

Mary Baldwin is 
continually refining its 
mission and vision. We 
proudly affirm that we are 
a liberal arts college for 
women, but realize that as 
essential as this is as a 
foundation, it is not 
enough. So we have added 
to that basic mission three 
pluses. The first plus is character 
development, the second is leadership 
training, and the third is career preparation. 

Why are the pluses so important? 
Obviously, our honor and integrity are 
critical. They always have been, no less so 
now. So character development is, and 
always has been, part of the Mary Baldwin 
plus. And we have always produced leaders, 
women leaders, and must do so now with 
increased vigor, because women want that 
third plus, career preparation. 

Career preparation is a pressing question 
when prospective students and their families 
visit us. Those families see an investment of 
tjme, effort and money in securing a Mary 
Baldwin education, and they want to know. 
Will there be a return on this investment? 
We have to have specific answers. We 
cannot guarantee career success, but we 
must certainly create a context in which our 
young women explore careers and are helped 
to attain career success. 

The Sena Center for Career and Life 
Planning is increasingly a critical 
component among Mary Baldwin services to 

students, not only those students on campus, 
but also those in our adult programs and our 
alumnae/i. There, under the strong direction 
of Diane Kent, students are tested. They 
discover their strengths and weaknesses and 
career interests. They are advised on career 
opportunities, including graduate school or 
going directly into the world of work. They 
are helped to shape a resume, helped to 
write letters of application for positions, and 
given instruction in interviewing skills and 
appropriate presentation through dress and 
demeanor. Having such a strong career 
counseling center is an important 
recruitment tool for the college. 

Although we highlight in this issue of 
our magazine certain areas that are clearly 
focused on professional preparation, every 
discipline at Mary Baldwin College focuses 
each student on translating what has been 
learned into action. Art students, for 
example, develop portfolios that 
demonstrate what they can do. Science 
students perform original research. 1 could 
list every discipline, but the point is clear: 
Mary Baldwin students are taught to 
translate knowledge into productive 
activity. We use every tool possible to send 
students out into the world prepared to be 
women of integrity, leaders in whatever field 
they choose. 

Cynthia H. Tyson 


Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Grafton on 
"Martha Grafton Day" at MBC, 
May 20, 1969. 


Vol. 12, No. 2 Spring 1999 

Editor: Sarah H. O'Connor 

Art Director: Gretchen L. Shuman 

Assistant Editor and 

Campus News Writer: Michelle Hite 

Publications Advisory Board: 

O'Connor, Gretchen L. Shum; 
ijos Garst '63, Dr. Brenda Bryaiu, 
'. Cummings, Shea Shannon, 
in Malone Steele '72, 
Dr. James D. Lott, Lydia J. Petersson, 
Dr. Robert Reich, Dr. Celeste Rhodes, 
Dr. Kathleen Stinehart, Dr. Heather Wils. 

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This publication is printed on recycled paper. 

Dr. Thomas Grafton - 

A Man for All Seasons and for Every Hour 

by Dr. Ulysse Desportes, Professor Emeritus of Art 

Quest: Learning to Connect the 
Intellectual and the Spiritual 

by Sarain O'Connor 

12 Women, Inc 

by Dr. Philip R. Sturm 
Assistant Professor of 
Business Administration 

15 A Business of One's Own: 
MBC Entrepreneurs 

by Sarali Cox 

20 Remembering Lilly 

by Dr. James D. Lott 
Dean of the College 


2 Campus News 

6 News Bytes 

26 Class Notes 

35 Chapters in Action 

c a m p us news 

Pulitzer Prize Winner Presents 
First IVIinority Scliolarship Award 
to PEG Student 

Rita Dove, former United States poet 
laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, 
presented the first Rita Dove Frontrunner 
Scholarship for Minority Students to 
Cambria Watson in January. Watson is a 
freshman in the college's Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted. 

The Rita Dove Frontrunner 
Scholarship celebrates the achievements 
of women of color and supports minority 
PEG students majoring in math and 
science. Dove, a professor of English at 
the University of Virginia, donated her 
1997 Sara Lee Foundation award of 
$50,000 to MBC and PEG to endow the 
scholarship. The Sara Lee Foundation 
gives $50,000 donations in the name of 
its frontrunner award winners to the 
charity or program of their choice. 

Dove chose to endow a PEG 
scholarship not because her daughter 
Aviva Dove-Viebahn is a sophomore in 
the program, but because of the need 
she saw to provide opportunities for 
women of color. Dove said, "Being so 
familiar with this program, I knew 
exactly where 1 wanted the money to 

Cambria Watson 

go. I wanted it to go to a program that 
opens doors and lets students explore." 
Established in 1985, the PEG 
program currently enrolls 70 students. 
Dove Scholarship winner Cambria 
Watson is a 14-year-old from Silver 
Spring, MD, and the third sister in her 
family to enter MBC's Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted. Aremita Watson, 
mother of the PEG trio, served as 

president of the Mary Baldwin Parents 
Councilforfouryears( 1993-1997). Her 
husband Rudy is a project manager for 
IBM and a member of MBC's Advisory 
Board of Visitors. 

"My parents encouraged all of us to 
do well," said Watson, who is studying 
mathematics and computer science. "It's 
nice to be recognized for something 
that 1 like to do." 

Health Care Administration 
Program Completes Endowment 

A $3 million endowment drive by the 
Health Care Administration program was 
completed in February 1999, making it 
the only health care administration pro- 
gram in the country with its own endow- 

Two million dollars of the funding 
came from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. 
Carpenter Foundation, an independent 
Philadelphia-based foundation. Another 
$1 million came from a variety of organi- 
zations and individuals. The endowment 
will be used mainly for operating expenses, 
but also for merit and need-based scholar- 

Dr. Steve Mosher, political science 
professor and director of the HCA pro- 
gram, said, "This endowment is a measure 

of our success. It ensures our financial 
stability well into the future." 

The HCA program at Mary Baldwin 
was established in 1989. It has an enroll- 
ment of about 80 students and more than 
125 graduates, with an average of 1 5 gradu- 
ates per year. According to Mosher, gradu- 
ates have been extremely successful, 
especially in the field of long term care. 
At least 10 are employed as licensed ad- 
ministrators in nursing homes or assisted 
living facilities. 

The program has an excellent record 
of graduate school acceptances, as well. 
At least three graduates have entered the 
Masters in Health Administration pro- 
gram at the Medical College of Virginia 
at Virginia Commonwealth University, 
one of the top five MHA programs na- 
tionally. Students have also gone on to 
graduate programs at the University of 
Montreal, Averett College, the Medical 

University of South Carolina, Washing- 
ton University, the University of 
Scranton, DePaul Law School, and Duke 

MBC First Private College to Join 
Electronic Campus of Virginia 

In December, Mary Baldwin College 
became the first private institution to 
offer online courses with the new 
Electronic Campus of Virginia (ECVA). 
ECVA is a cooperative instructional 
technology initiative operating among 
the state's public and private colleges and 
universities. The goal is to provide; 
students of all ages with "one-stop"' 
convenient access to undergraduate, 
graduate, professional and continuing 
education. The online course web site 
lists distance learning courses currently 
available statewide, along with course 

Spring 1999 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

schedules and delivery methods. 

MBC was prepared to participate with 
ECVA because online courses are 
currently being offered through the 
college's Adult Degree Program offices in 
Richmond and Roanoke. MBC offered 
two online courses last fall and offered 
eight this spring, including business 
administration, communication, history, 
music and psychology courses. ADP 
Associate Professor of Business 
Administration Dr. Lallon Pond teaches 
a web-based course to a finance group in 
Richmond. She meets with students face- 
to-face several times during the course, 
allowing herself and the students a chance 
to get to know one another. "Students tap 
into their own resources more than in a 
normal classroom setting," she says of the 
web-based course. "They listen to each 
other [through online discussions] and 
realize that I'm not the only one with the 

"This web site is really beneficial; 
users can find out what online courses are 
available in the state with one click of the 
mouse without having to visit 20 to 30 
college websites," says MBC Dean for 
Academic Outreach Dr. Kathleen 
Stinehart, who chairs a national distance 
learning committee called the 
Technology and Distance Learning Team 
of the Association for Continuing Higher 
Education. For more information about 
the Electronic Campus of Virginia, visit 
their website at 

Virginia Humanities Conference 
Takes End-of-Century Pulse 

by Dr. Kenneth Keller, Professor of History 

What do Lorena Bobbitt, doomsday cults, 
modern art in Argentina and the planet 
Mars have in common? All are topics 
that more than 50 experts tackled as part 
of the 1999 Virginia Humanities Con- 
ference in March. The conference topic 
was "Anticipating the End: The Experi- 
ence of the Nineties," and scholars from 
around the United States participated. 
They discussed their research on the 
ends of centuries, predictions about the 
end of the world, and how these ideas 
have made an impact on culture and 
sriciety throughout history. 

The Virginia Humanities Confer- 
ence, which is an organization of scholars 
of the humanities from colleges in Vir- 
<-'irii«, presents an annual conference to 
■•■hich it invites scholars in the arts, 

literature, science, philosophy and reli- 
gion, women's studies, history and other 
disciplines. This year's conference also 
included a free choral concert by the 
musical group Canticum Novum, which 
performed works by composers from the 
1290s to the 1990s. 

The VHC conference was coordi- 
nated by MBC Associate Professor of 
English Dr. Susan B. Green, who serves 
as current president of the Virginia Hu- 
manities Conference. Featured speakers 
included Dr. Stephen Arata, who spoke 
on "Aestheticism and Empire," and Dr. 
W. Sibley Towner, who spoke on 
"Millennial Misfortunes." Dr. Arata is 
an associate professor and director of the 
undergraduate studies in the Department 
of English at the University of Virginia. 
Dr. Towner is the Reverend Archibald 
McFayden professor of biblical interpre- 
tation at Union Theological Seminary 
and Presbyterian School of Christian 
Education in Richmond, VA. 

MBC faculty members who presented 
research at the conference included Dr. 
Ann Alexander, Dr. Sarah Drenan, Dr. 
Vladimir Garkov, Dr. Stevens Garlick, 
Dr. Sara Nair James, Dr. Anne 
McGovern, Dr. Daniel Metraux and 
Dinah Ryan. Other academic presenters 
represented 17 Virginia colleges, uni- 
versities and community colleges, as well 
as Rutgers University, Syracuse Univer- 
sity, Case Western Reserve University 
and the University of Georgia. 

IVIBC Tackles Presidential 
Initiative — Sponsors a One 
America Conversation 

The Honorable William E. Leftwich 111, 
deputy assistant secretary of defense for 
equal opportunity, moderated a One 
America Conversation sponsored by 
MBC's Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership in January . One America Con- 
versations are part of President Bill 
Clinton's year-long Initiative on Race 

Sophomore VWIL cadet Saw "Sandi" 
Tun, of Rockville, MD, initiated bring- 
ing the program to MBC and, with the 
assistance of the VWIL staff, saw her idea 
come to fruition. 

"One America Conversations are part 
of the national effort of dialogue called 
for by President Clinton to move the 
country to a closer, stronger, more just 

and unified America," says Tun. "Through 
the programs, we're seeking ways to offer 
more opportunity and fairness to all 

Leftwich, who moderates all of the 
president's One America Conversations, 
opened the session by instructing partici- 
pants to "leave their comfort zones." He 
urged the audience to "talk to people who 
don't look like you, and help us identify 
problems and ways to resolve America's 
oldest open sore — racism." 

Participants included a racially di- 
verse group of 35 discussants from various 
colleges and the local community, who 
were invited by the college to exchange 
information face-to-face, share personal 
stories and experiences, express perspec- 
tives, clarify viewpoints and address 
community concerns. An audience of 
nearly 50 listened to and talked with 
discussants, who included MBC student 
leaders, faculty members, staff and local 
politicians and clergy members. Some 
recounted personal experiences and chal- 
lenged others to improve racial equality. 

"It hurts me inside to know that people 
don't like me just because I'm Spanish," 
said Amanda Williams, a sophomore from 
Virginia Beach. "I hope someday we can 
all celebrate our differences." 

Following each One America Con- 
versation, a report is sent to the White 
House to be included in a monthly report 
for the president. The goal of the commu- 
nity programs is to give citizens around 
the nation an opportunity to share their 
concerns and ideas with the White House 
and to have their ideas presented in the 
president's upcoming "Report to the 
American People" on improving race re- 
lations for the 21st century. 

The Honorable William E. Leftwich 

The Map.y Baldwi.-j College Magazine 

Dr. Thomas 

A Man for 



and for 
Every Hour 



\ ^~)^£^ 11 of us working at Mary Baldwin College 30 
or 40 years ago saw a lot of Dr. Thomas 
Grafton and his wife Martha, the dean of 
the college. I was always glad when I could find a place at 
Tom's table in the dining room, although I rarely came off 
well on the pop quizzes, often involving baseball and football 
history, that he sprang on us as part of the luncheon 
conversation. Sociology was his discipline, and he also 
missed no opportunity to stop a colleague in a hallway or on 
a walkway for an interview on lifestyles or an opinion poll on 
some controversial issue. 

In the distant but well remembered past, weekly chapel 
attendance was compulsory for all students, and faculty 
members were encouraged to attend. We knew we were in 
for a treat when Tom conducted the service. Not only was he 
a seminary-trained and ordained Presbyterian minister, but 
his way of reading the scriptures — he could recite 
hundreds of passages from memory — assured a grasp of their 
meaning without sacrificing any of the beautiful poetic 
effects. His "meditations," which is what we called the brief 
chapel homilies, were masterpieces of invention, organization 
and style, their themes aptly chosen for the occasion. 

Tom had been a brilliant student at Presbyterian College 
in Clinton, South Carolina. His record there was so 
outstanding that upon graduating, he received an invitation 
to join the faculty of his alma mater as instructor in first year 
Bible and mathematics. While teaching in Clinton, he was 
engaged by a local philanthropist to organize a church for 
families of the workers in the Lydia Cotton Mills. The Lydia 
Chapel thrives to this day. Tom often recalled with affection 
and admiration the members of this first congregation. 

Professor George Herbert Betts, an eminent authority 
and writer, was Tom's chief mentor and the director of his 
doctoral dissertation in graduate school at Northwestern 
University. Betts appreciated fully his student's scholarly 
gifts and was unstinting in his aid and encouragement. But 
this celebrated intellectual took a very liberal and critically 
questioning attitude toward the scriptures and the 
traditional doctrines of the church. Tom once asked him to 
explain his reasons for believing in God. Matter-of-factly, 
Betts answered, "More satisfactions that way." 

At another time Dr. Grafton heard his professor say to 
one of his colleagues, "We have got to knock some of this 
theology out of Tom." Tom never learned to accept this kind 
of cynicism and he was disheartened to realize that his 
teachers rarely made any reference to Jesus. "They didn't 
seem to think that Jesus had much importance," he told me 
sadly, and then, after a little pause, he said with earnestness 
I could never forget, "To me, Jesus is everything." 

Although Lydia Mills Chapel was Tom's first church, 
Finley Memorial Presbyterian Church in Stuarts Draft, VA, 
was the one he devoted himself to for more than 20 years, 

and the members of its congregation fully reciprocated his 
love and dedication. He never tired of telling us stories about 
the hardy and amiable faithful who worshiped at Finley 
Memorial. He would relate in detail the occasions and 
circumstances of some kind person from the church coming 
to his rescue when his car broke down or was mired in mud or 
snow, or when he needed a friend. 

His bonds of affection and gratitude were forever. When 
he was in his 90s, he would tell us with unabashed emotion 
how much he loved Lao F'eng, the old Chinese nurse who 
carried him everywhere in her arms at the Presbyterian 
mission in China, where he was bom. He also had many an 
affectionate memory of the wonderful Wang WenDze, the 
family cook who made delicious meals and watched over the 
three Grafton boys, drying their tears and tending their 
wounds when they were hurt. Such was his attachment to 
WenDze that, 80 years after leaving China, Tom confessed to 
feeling "a great pang of jealousy" when he met another 
missionary's son whose family had also employed WenDze 
and who insisted that he too had a loving and proprietary 
feeling about him. "I felt that only 1 had a right to feel that way 
about WenDze," he said. 

Tom's stories of China were many and varied, ranging 
from the tender and lyrical to the terrifying and tragic. He 
reserved a tender spot in his memory for Dei Dju, one of the 
older boys in the mission orphanage. Dei Dju was an expert 
kite maker, and every year made each of the Grafton boys a 
splendid example of his craft to be flown from the city wall. 
Tom also enjoyed talking about hunting geese, pigeons and 
other game in the hills around Haichow. On one memorable 
day, he recounted, he brought down two geese with one well- 
aimed blast of his shotgun. 

Tom was a collector of anecdotes, especially those that 
could serve to illustrate sermons. One of the best involved 
a conversation he had with Dr. Baillie when that celebrated 
Scottish theologian and preacher was visiting our college. 
Tom ventured to express to Dr. Baillie his amazement that 
God had never given up in disgust at the general orneriness 
of humanity. The Scotsman confessed that he himself had 
often been "vexed almost beyond endurance" by his wife's 
constantly misplacing her spectacles. "But," he said, "I have 
never thought of leaving her." Tom relished this little 
parable, and he told it to me with real art, Scottish brogue 
and all. 

On one of our drives in the country, the subject of heroes 
came up. Heroes and the heroic had always been a subject 
of interest to him. I asked Tom who his greatest hero was. 
"Martha" was the quick reply and needed no explanation. 

1 will never forget Tom Grafton's stories, his feats of 
memory, his open-heartedness, his "meditations." He was a 
man with a great spirit and a great sense of humor — a man 
for all seasons and for every hour. 

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news bytes 

1998-99 Who's Who Directory 
Includes 22 MBC Seniors 

Twenty-two Mary Baldwin seniors were 
named to the 1998-99 edition of Who's 
Who Among Students in American 
Universities and Colleges. Selection to 
Who's Who is based on academic 
achievement, service to the community, 
leadership in extracurricular activities, 
and potential for continued success. The 
Who's Who directory has been published 
annually since 1934. 

Mary Baldwin College 
Who's Who Nominees: 

Ubah Fatima Ansari of Manassas , VA 
Trimble Leigh Bailey of Roanoke, VA 
Sherry Robertson Cox (ADP) of 
Mt. Sidney, VA 

Aimee M. Favreau of Charlotte, NC 
Melissa P. Ford of Fredericksburg, VA 
Catherine Denise Hayes of Bedford, VA 
Mallessa D. James ofNaperville, IL 
Megan McElroy Johnston of Fairfax, VA 
Stephanie Marie Lawley of Chesapeake , VA 
Erin Rebecca Monroe of Midlothian, VA 
Shaunta Poe of Lynchburg, VA 
Sarah Poston of Algood, TN 
Kim Michele Reilly of Baltimore , MD 
Linda Davis Ruffner (ADP) of Palmyra, VA 
Sherri LeAnn Sharpe of Martinsville , VA 
Rebecca Anne Stevens ofCockeysville, MD 
Kathryn Louise Vanney of Halifax, VA 
Kristen Blair VanWegen of Front Royal, VA 
Jennifer L)inn Vergne of Richmond, VA 
L;ynne Rebecca Wesley of Lynchburg, VA 
Heather Anne Wilson of Westminster, VA 
Greta Marie Winn of Mechanicsville , VA 

ADP Loyalty Fund Supports 10 
Student Scholarships for 1999 

This year the ADP Loyalty Fund 
Scholarship Committee awarded ten 
$ 1 ,000 scholarships to the following ADP 
students: Jennifer Adams of Ruckersville, 
VA; R. Graham Bond of Charlottesville, 
VA; Karen Guess Bullock of Chesterfield, 
VA; jean Carpenter of Staunton, VA; 
Nancy Lee Hall of New Creek, WV; David 
Hipes of Clifton Forge, VA; Martha Kelley 
of Fishersville, VA; Ann Peters of 
Midlothian, VA; Tammy Ann Thomas 

of Stuarts Draft, VA; and Frances Mink 
Turner of Salem, VA. 

To be eligible for a Loyalty Fund 
Scholarship, applicants must be degree- 
seeking students in good standing, have 
completed 15 or more semester hours of 
graded work in ADP, and have a GPA of 
at least 3.5. Winners are also selected of 
the basis of their academic achievements, 
service to the college and ADP program, 
and service to their community. 

Political Science Major is 
Governor's Choice 

MBC senior Jessica Johnson, of Salem, 
VA, was appointed by Virginia Governor 
James Gilmore to serve on the 
Commonwealth's Juvenile Justice and 
Delinquency Prevention Advisory Com- 
mittee. The committee was formed to 
review and rate grant proposals requested 
to fund new or existing juvenile justice 
system programs across the state. 

Johnson is one of three students serv- 
ing on the committee. Members of the 
committee serve four-year terms, and ac- 
cording to Virginia law, one-fifth of the 
committee must be under the age of 24- 
Johnson is a political science major and 
plans to attend law school. 

MBC Conference Examines 
"Japan and the Asian Economic 

Mary Baldwin's Department of Asian 
Studies and the Virginia Consortium for 
Asian Studies co-sponsored a one-day 
conference in February to examine "Ja- 
pan and the Asian Economic Crisis." The 
conference was coordinated by MBC Pro- 
fessor of Asian Studies Daniel Metraux, 
who organized a panel of experts to dis- 
cuss various perspectives on the current 
Asian economic crisis. 

Panel moderator Eric McKenzie of 
the Army National Ground Intelligence 
Center in Charlottesville, V A, led a morn- 
ing discussion featuring Washington & 
Lee University professor Michael Smitka, 
who examined the roots of Japan's finan- 
cial crisis. University of Virginia professor 
Leonard J. Schoppa spoke on the politics 
of economic stagnation; and Peter M. 

Beck of the Korean Economic Institute of 
America presented the Korean perspec- 

Following lunch, an afternoon ses- 
sion featured perspectives on the crisis 
from David Huffman of Bridgewater Col- 
lege, who discussed the future of the 
Japanese employment system after de- 
regulation. Elizabeth Freund of Mary 
Washington College spoke on the impact 
of the crisis on China/Greater China, and 
MBC Assistant Professor of Economics 
Amy McCormick Diduch gave an Ameri- 
can perspective on the crisis. Newport 
University professor Sang O. Park ad- 
dressed the impact of the crisis on Korea. 

Ladies of the Garden Terrace 

The Mary Baldwin Performing Dance 
Group, known this semester as the Ladies 
of the Garden Terrace, presented an 
Imperial Garden Ball in February. This 
season's annual ball performance featured 
popular dances from the 1790s to the 
1890s, and MBC's dance group presented 
individual performances and group 
performances with James Madison 
University's Folk Ensemble. Music for 
the event was provided by the Caledonian 

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Spring 1999 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

MBC Celebrates Black History Month 

Members of the Anointed Voices of Praise perform at a gospel extravaganza during Blacl< History IVIonth. 

Mary Baldwin students, faculty and staff celebrated Black 
History Month 1999 with a medley of activities in Febru- 
ary. The month-long series of events actually began in 
January with a community candlelight march for peace 
hosted by the college's department of philosophy and 
religion in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King's 
work for peace and civil rights. 

In February, Black History Month activities held on 
campus included the Black Student Alliance's Spirit 
Week program, a gospel extravaganza sponsored by the 

Anointed Voices of Praise, a panel discussion on Tho- 
mas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings, a lecture on the 
visual arts of the Harlem Renaissance, the third annual 
Soul Food Banquet, a Harlem Renaissance Ball, and a 
jazz coffee house. 

For the second year, MBC sponsored the Martin 
Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest for local elemen- 
tary, middle and high school students. Participants 
vied for top awards through individual interpretations 
of Dr. King's speeches. 

IVIelissa Ford PEG '99 


Senior Organizes Faitli and Culture 
Retreat for Episcopal Church 

MBC senior Melissa Ford of Rappahannock Academy, VA, organized a winter mini- 
retreat for Province III of the Episcopal Church on campus in February. Ford, a student 
in MBC's Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, coordinated the event with Rev. 
Kempton Baldridge, university vicar of the Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University 
of Delaware. 

The retreat focused on the interaction of faith and culture by examining what it is 
to live as people of faith in changing times and a fast-paced society. Students and 
community members of all denominations were invited to participate. 

"We brought people of different backgrounds together and asked them important 
faith questions," says Ford. "I hope everyone walked away from this retreat ready to 
welcome more spiritual growth opportunities." 

Retreat speakers included MBC Chaplain Rev. Pat Hunt, Professor of Asian Studies 
Dr. Daniel Metraux, and chaplains from the Province III area. Participants included 
faculty, staff and students from the MBC community and students from James Madison 
University, Blue Ridge Community College, Longwood College and other area schools. 

HE Mafy Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1999 

Learning to Connect 

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the Intellectual and the Spiritua . 

James Hunter, author of Culture Wars , said in a visit'to 
Mary Baldwin last March that the great challenge of 
the late 20th century is how to live together with 
others despite deep differences. 

Hunter was addressing the first graduates of the 
Carpenter Quest program at Mary Baldwin, a unique 
program which promotes understanding among 
students of different faith traditions. The program 
helps students integrate religious commitment, 
intellectual development and service. 

Many religious traditions are represented at 
MBC, including Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, 
Baptist, Pentecostal, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, 
Taoist and Buddhist. Sur\'evs of first-year students 

not only incr( 

but also a growing number of students 
with no religious affiliation who are still 
interested in spirituality. Many have been 
exposed to New Age literature, various 
forms of meditation and East Asian 
religious traditions. 

Quest, founded in 1996, grew out of 
a preparation for ministry program 
already in existence at the college, but 
Quest is now a separate program. The 
Rev. Pat Hunt, a Presbyterian minister 
and MBC college chaplain, dreamed of 
creating a program that would reach out 
to a broader range of students than the 
minor in ministry did. The challenge 
was how a liberal arts college historically 
rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition 
might support a broad range of students 
in their spiritual searching and also 
promote religious tolerance and 
understanding. Wouldn't it be exciting, 
she thought, to bring a diverse student 
body together to talk in a sustained and 
meaningful way about their faith, their 
intellectual and spiritual growth, and 
their commitments and questions about 
the role of religion in their education 
and their lives? 

From these kinds of thoughts and 
from discussions with faculty members. 
Hunt began to piece together the 
program which she now directs under 
the auspices of the dean of the college 
and which is supported by a grant from 
the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter 

The requirements of the program 
are: 1 ) each student must take the course 
Faith, Life and Service, plus three other 
courses from a list of electives; 2) students 
must complete 100 hours of supervised 
community service; 3 ) each student must 
choose a mentor who will help foster 
spiritual and intellectual development; 
4) students must participate in a 
worshipping community of their choice; 
and 5) students must attend two group 
meetings a month, as well as regular 
individual meetings with the director. 
After the successful completion of two 
years and all requirements, the student 
is inducted into the Carpenter Society. 
The Carpenter Society serves as an 

advisory board for Quest, provides 
mentors for students and conducts 
meetings of its own. 

A student may apply to enter the 
Quest program after completing her 
freshman year. Although the 
requirements can be completed in two 
years, some students take longer. Ten 
students have been accepted into Quest 
for 1998-99. Seven are in their second 
year, three in their third. Four have 
completed all their requirements and were 
inducted in the Carpenter Society in 
spring 1998. 

The Quest group meets twice a 
month. A guest speaker is invited to one 
of the meetings to meet Questers and 
speak with them about issues and life 
choices. "The speaker varies a lot," says 
Hunt. "1 try to get people who have done 

a good job of being a human being, and 
that's a little harder to find, because there 
are no credentials for it. We know how to 
measure things in the academic world 
and in the business world. We have no 
idea how to measure things in the 'just 
being a human being' area . . . I've tried 
to find some of those people. Sometimes 
they're very accomplished in the kinds of 
things we credential people for and 
sometimes they're not." 

One speaker was an influential lawyer 
from North Carolina. Another meeting 
featured two local women in their 60s. 
One was an artist, the other a scientist 
and musician. Both were wives and 
mothers; both were Presbyterians, but 
with very different perspectives on life; 
both had "done an amazing job of being 
human beings," said Hunt. 

rut .Mary BAUiwrN Ccjlleof. MAOAZrNE 

her mentor and corresponded with him 
two to three times a day by e-mail. 
Although she was actively involved in 
her church growing up, Quest was "a way 
to start questioning and making my faith 
my own." 

Corey Dunn '99, an economics major, 
went into the program thinking it was a 
Bible study. She quickly discovered it 
was much more. "When I was growing 
up," she said, "I didn't have much 
experience with other faiths. I was never 
taught to ask questions. In this program 
not only am 1 asking questions, but I'm 
learning it's OK to ask questions. I'm 
trying to find a bridge between my 
spiritual life and school." 

Despite the fact that it holds out no 
enticement of scholarships or degrees, 
Quest has been successful since its 
inception in attracting a small but ardent 
group of students. At the Quest 
graduation ceremony, James Hunter said, 
"This program is the tonic that we need 
at the end of the 20th century for the 
differences that divide us now." Quest 
students are learning to understand 
themselves and others. They are not 
changing the world, but they are 
changing their corner of the world, and 
that is an important beginning. 

In the session where the group meets 
without a speaker, topics vary. Pat Hunt 
leads this, and it usually meets in her 
home. One evening the group talked 
about how a woman can be a servant 
without turning her life over to other 
people. At another meeting, the group 
listened to a tape by Rabbi Kushner on 
"Why are you a religiously committed 
person?" They wrote their own answers 
to the question, then listened to his 
response and compared the two. Ubah 
Ansari '99 said, "It's interesting to see 
that the same questions I'm struggling 
with about Islam, my counterparts in 
Christianity are dealing with." 

Quest has provided some 
unanticipated benefits for the college. 
Critical thinking is at the heart of a 
liberal arts education. This is a program 
that encourages critical thinking, that 
teaches students to ask questions. It also 
supports students in their ethical 
development. Additionally, as Hunt said, 
"One huge benefit to the college is that 
there is a core of people out there who 
are in conversation with a group of people 
who are very unlike them." 

Emily Alexander '98, a political 
science major and one of the Carpenter 
Society inductees, is the daughter of a 
Baptist minister. She chose her father as 


Spring 1999 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

faculty/staff highlights 


Professor of English Dr. Frank Southerlngton and ADP 
Professor of German Dr. Stevens Garlick starred in The 
Soldier's Tale, a music-theatre presentation and part of the 
Mclntire Chamber Music Series at the University of 
Virginia. The three-man show was presented in February 
on the UVA campus. GarUck narrated the performance, 
and Southerington starred as a soldier who engages with 
the devil to trade his violin for a book of fortune. The 
performance was accompanied by the Charlottesville 
University Symphony and marked the first time all of the 
symphony's principal musicians appeared together in the 
Mclntire Series. 

Several MBC faculty members participated in the panel dis- 
cussion "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, An Ameri- 
can Family" on campus in February. The discussion followed 
brief talks by two Jefferson experts. Lucia Stanton, senior 
research historian at the International Center for Jefferson 
Studies at Monticello, presented a talk on what is known 
about the Jefferson-Hemings relationship; and Diane Swann- 
Wright, director of special programs at Monticello, reviewed 
the oral histories collected by Monticello historians frorti 
the descendants of Sally Hemings. 

MBC professors discussed the Jefferson-Hemings 
relationship with regard to their areas of expertise and 
interest. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Carrie 
Douglass spoke on the issue of race from an anthropo- 
logical point of view, and Professor of History Dr. 
Kenneth Keller discussed Jefferson and the law. Assistant 
Professor of Women's Studies Dr. Martha Walker 
addressed gender issues, and Associate Professor of 
Philosophy Dr. Edward Scott addressed some of the 
other issues involved in the Jefferson-Hemings relation- 
ship. The discussions were followed by an audience 
question and answer period. 

During the spring semester. Associate Vice President for 
College Relations Crista Cabe joined four Virginia and 
Tennessee professionals on a six-week Group Study 
Exchange in Bangladesh. The trip was sponsored by 
Rotary International, District 7570. While in Bangladesh, 
team members stayed in the homes of Bangladeshi 
Rotarians, engaged in professional exchange activities, 
visited a hospital in Jessore and learned about the culture 
of Bangladesh. 

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Musi»Jennifer Kirkland 
directed the MBC Theatre Department's musical revue 
Cowardy Custard in February. 


A book by As.sociate Professor of History Dr. Mary Hill Cole has 
been accepted for publication by the University of Massachusetts 
Press. Her book The Portable Queen: Elizabeth J and the Politics of 
Ceremony will be published in 2000 as part of the Massachusetts 
Studies in Early Modern Culture Series. 

Michael Reidmuller joined the food service staff as assistant 

manager. He comes to MBC with over 10 years experience as a 
manager and chef in the corporate setting. 

Gini Ridge has been promoted to director of food services. She has 
served as special events director and caterer at MBC since 1993. 

Rebecca Tyler resigned as assistant director of MBC's Computer 
Information Services to accept a position as director of informa- 
tion services at Eastern Mennonite University. 

Director of Experiential Learning Dr. Tim Kidd resigned to take a 
position at John Brown University in Arkansas. 

honors / awards 

Jean Gilman, ADP assistant professor of political science and 
health care administration, was named one of the 99 
Outstanding Nurses in Virginia by the Virginia Nurses 
Association (VNA) in April. The top 99 nurses in the state were 
recognized at an event kicking off the centennial celebration of 
the VNA. Although currently not a practicing nurse, Gilman 
retains her nursing license and was selected due to her political 
contributions to the nursing profession and the health care of 
Virginians. Gilman was also elected to the Valley Nursing Honor 
Society this year and recently published articles in The 
Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics and in the book 
Medicaid and the Cost of Federalism: J 984 - 1992. 

Professor of Theatre Dr. Virginia R. Francisco '64 was named 
advisor of the year for her work with the MBC Honor Council. 
The advisor of the year is selected from among nominations by 
the MBC community and is chosen by a panel of students, 
faculty and staff. Francisco has worked on and off for the past 20 
years with the MBC Honor Council. This summer, Francisco will 
head the LEAD program (Leaders Emerging with Attitude and 
Distinction). The week-long program offers unique leadership 
training for high-school age girls. 

Professor Emerita of History Dr. Patricia H. 

Menk spoke on campus as part of MBC's 
Quest Lecture Series in February. The Quest 
lectures were established to bring together 
students, faculty and staff to discuss faith and 
life. Current faculty members are asked to 
request someone they admire to speak to the 
Quest students about what it means to 
integrate faith into daily life. Menk was 
chosen to speak by MBC President Dr. 
Cynthia H. Tyson. 

Women, Inc 

BY Dr. Philip R. Sturm 

Assistant Professor of 
Business Administration 

The percentage of wor 
almost half of all Aitk 
and outsourcing, whe; 

A quiet revolution has been building for the past 25 
years. Slowly, women-owned businesses are making 
a major impact upon the American economy. In the 
early 1970s, less than one in four self-employed U.S. 
workers were women, and only 400,000 businesses 
were owned by women. Today, almost 40 percent of 
self-employed workers are female. Over 8 million 
women-owned businesses employ more than 25 
percent of all U.S. workers. The current rate of new 
business start-ups by women is twice that of start-ups 
by men. 

What is behind this trend? The growth of small 
business training for one. In 1975, only 50 colleges 
offered training in new venture development. Over 
450 colleges offer this form of training today. The 
Business Administration Department of Mary 
Baldwin College began offering a small business 
management course in 1989. This fall two addi- 
tional entrepreneurship courses have been added to 
the business curriculum, allowing entrepreneurship 
to be the newest emphasis area within the business 

Other reasons for the growth of women-owned 
businesses are the accessibility of computers and the 
social acceptance of home-based businesses. These 
two factors work in tandem to allow women, 
especially during childbearing and rearing years, to 
operate "life-style" enterprises, businesses that are 
secondary to the woman's paramount family 
obligations. Businesses such as bookkeeping, graphic 
design services and feature writing can be managed 
at home by working unconventional hours not 
committed to other family obligations. Women- 
owned home-based firms also operate many service 
franchises and multi-level marketing businesses, 


such as Avon, Mary Kay Cosmetics, 
Tupperware, and Amway. It is estimated 
that more than 3.5 miUion women own 
home-based businesses. 

Another cause for the explosion of 
female-owned businesses is the decline 
in size of the large U.S. corporation. 
Personal computer advances and the 
outsourcing of non-essential corporate 
services allowed Fortune 500 firms to 
reduce their staffs by over 4 million in 
the past decade. The result is fewer 

entertainment, dry cleaning, and health 
care. Another one in five women 
business owners manage retail opera- 
tions. Until recently, women avoided 
traditional male-oriented businesses 
such as construction, wholesale trade, 
transportation, agriculture, and manu- 
facturing. However, even these arenas 
are no longer out of bounds to the 
entrepreneurial woman of the 21" 

Women who own their own 

rkforce has been growing for the past century. Today, 
rs are female. But in an economy of corporate downsizing 
finding employment? More and more, they are hiring 

employment opportunities in large 

And then there is the glass 
ceiling. An invisible — and too often 
impenetrable — barrier between 
women and the corporate executive 
suite, the glass ceiling becomes clearly 
visible when the mix of males and 
females in large corporation leadership 
positions is reviewed. Ninety percent of 
all members of Fortune 500 firms' 
boards of directors are male. And the 
percentage of senior executives who are 
male in these large corporations is even 

Talented women in corporate 
middle management are too often 
forced to look outside the corporation 
for career opportunities. For many of 
them, starting their own business is the 
solution. Almost one in four women 
who started a new business in the last 
10 years said the corporate glass ceiling 
was their main rationale. Another 25 
percent came from corporations that 
had downsized or that had failed to 
offer them a professional challenge. 

So, when they leave the corporate 
world, what type of small business is 
most enticing to women? Female 
business managers have historically 
gravitated toward service and retail 
operations. Over half of all women- 
owned small businesses offer services 
such as legal aid, coun.seling, invest- 
ment, accounting, child/elder care, 

businesses report that the single greatest 
challenge for them is to be taken 
seriously. Forty percent say they face a 
"legitimacy" challenge not faced by 
their male business-owner counterparts. 
But firm longevity data provides 
evidence to counter this prejudice. 
Nationwide, two out of three new 
businesses will still be in operation after 
three years. But women-owned busi- 
nesses have a much better survival rate, 
as more than three out of four last more 
than three years. 

The legitimacy issue is particularly 
evident in small business lending 
practices. Seventeen percent of male- 
owned firms have a line of credit over 
$100,000, versus 10 percent of women- 
owned businesses. Female entrepreneur- 
ial borrowing exceeds male borrowing at 
the lower levels. In comparing firms 
with a line of credit below $25,000, 43 
percent of all female business owners are 
in this group versus 37 percent of male 
firm owners. Part of this variance is 
explained by women's tendency to build 
smaller firms that do not require 
significant start-up capital or expensive 
equipment. But the legitimacy issue is 
subtly embedded in loan approvals, too. 

This is one reason women business 
owners have been known to use creative 
ways to finance their enterprise. One 
popular trick is for the business owner to 
be approved for a large number of credit 
cards, then use those consumer credit 

cards to finance her business. This is a 
risky and potentially expensive practice, 
but careful money management has 
allowed many female-owned businesses 
to use this procedure on a short-term 
basis to supplement their lack of start-up 
capital. In 1992, over half of all women 
business owners reported using personal 
credit cards to finance their businesses. 
Today, fewer than one in four women- 
owned firms report using personal credit 
cards. Access to capital is slowly 
improving as women prove to be 
capable small business entrepreneurs. 

Men and women entrepreneurs 
gravitate toward different types of 
businesses, but other patterns of 
behavior differentiate the male and 
female business owner as well. More 
female business owners have profes- 
sional mentors than male business 
owners (46 percent versus 37 percent), 
and women rely much more on their 
support systems, such as accountants, 
boards of directors and peers. Another 
interesting pattern is that women 
business owners are far more generous 
in providing volunteer services to 
their community than are their male 
business owner counterparts: 78 
percent versus 49 percent. 

Education appears about equal for 
both male and female small business 
owners; three out of four have some 
college training and 10 percent have 
master's degrees. Use of computers is 
also about equal in both male- and 
female-owned businesses, but studies 
show a growing use of the Internet in 
female-owned businesses. 

So, what does the future hold for 
the female small business owner? The 
marketplace is slowly recognizing 
women as legitimate entrepreneurs. 
Availability of funding for their firms 
is improving. And women's emphasis 
on services and retailing enterprises is 
consistent with Department of Labor 
predictions of these being growth 
areas in our economy over the next 15 
years. Also, training is readily avail- 
able (take a look at the plethora of 
business books and tapes and films in 
your local library and bookstore). The 
outlook for the female small business 
owner has never been brighter than it 
is today. 

■•Iaky Baldwi.vj College Magazine • Si'King 1999 


The Ideal Small 
Business Manager 

Academic literature lias amassed 
volumes in an attempt to profile 
the person most likely to succeed 
or fail as a new small business 
owner. While there are many 
exceptions, the following list is a 
good basic profile of the ideal 
person to successfully develop 
and manage her own enterprise. 
Does this describe you? 

T Moderate risk taker (a person 
who is averse to both no risk 
and to excessive risk). 

T Prior work experience related 
to new business (don't buy a 
home-cleaning franchise if you 
have never cleaned homes). 

T A higher than average intelli- 

T Ability to deal with ambiguity 
and new challenges. 

▼ Prior business management 
experience (even if it was not 
related to your new venture). 

T Prior selling experience (calling 
on customers is often critical 
in new start-ups). 

T Parents operated their own 
small business (you'll be 
surprised how much you 

T Your desire for achievement 
exceeds your personal desire 
for power or money. 

Steps to Take in 

Building Your New Small Business 

So, you think the Entrepreneurial Bug might have bitten you. Listed 
below are several things to consider before you remortgage your house. 

T Be in love with your business and your product. You are the most 
valuable asset in the firm. If you do not have a burning desire for 
success, how can you expect other employees to? You will not be able 
to "leave the work at the office," so make sure you can enjoy giving 
control of your life to your business. 

T Develop a business plan. Write it down. It doesn't have to be 

extensive (not at first, anyway), but you do need to identify your level 
of commitment, the competition, your customers, what makes your 
offering special, your timetable, your financial needs, etc. There are 
many books at the library or bookstore to help develop a plan that can 
then be taken to your lender. 

T Go slow. There are far more failures due to poor planning and lack of 
capitalization than due to missing a short-term market opportunity. 
Read books, study the marketplace, talk to others in related businesses 
(for a list of 30 internet sites, go to In 
many cases, you can develop a "moonlight" business operated on a 
small scale while still working for your current employer. This will 
allow you stay at your "real job" until you have enough profits to 
cover the lost income. This developmental time should also allow you 
to save funds for your business and to build valuable business contacts 
with vendors, customers, and possible future employees. 

T Walk away from a loser. In many cases the planning will identify 
more challenges than you are prepared to accept. Even if you are 
deeply committed to the business concept, if the financial analysis 
does not support the start-up, then you need the ability to divorce 
yourself from the idea. Blind loyalty to a concept that does not possess 
high profit potential is an invitation to disaster. Divert your energies 
into the review of alternative businesses. 

■JM Dr. Philip R. Sturm (, assistant professor of busin 
^ administration, has auttiored five articles on small business managemi 

for academic and professional journals and lias owned and managed 
small businesses. He is on the board of directors of the Shenandoah Sn 
Business Incubator, a non-profit community service organization that hf ' 
new businesses grow during the critical first two years of their exister- 
Dr. Sturm also serves on the Staunton Industrial Development Autf 
ity, assisting in the recruitment of new businesses to the area, and is 
the Executive Counsel of the Board of Directors for the Staunton// 
gusta County Chamber of Commerce. 

Spring 1999 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

A Business of One s Own: 

MBC Entrepreneurs 

BY Sarah Cox 

Career Counselors 

Bonnie Miller '76 and Sally Brown '63 

Bonnie Miller '76 handed in her resigna- 
tion on her 40th birthday. "I felt like 1 had 
just been born," she said. 

After working for the University of 
Richmond for 16 years, the last job as 
director of the Women's Resource Cen- 
ter, she was ready to embark on a new 
adventure, but leaving her job was scary. 

Miller, however, was armed with job knowledge, the right 
degrees and the perfect partner, Sally Brown '63 (and she still 
feels that way, after being in business together for nearly five 
years). Both Miller and Brown, who met at the Women's 
Resource Center, were licensed professional counselors. Miller 
had earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Mary Baldwin 
College and a master's degree in counseling from Duke. And 
every job she held at the University of Richmond required a 
combination of counseling and business administration skills. 
Brown majored in religion and philosophy at Mary Baldwin 
and earned a master's degree in counseling from West Virginia 
College of Graduate Studies. She said her Mary Baldwin degree 
allowed her to ask the big questions, such as "What is life?" and 
"What is truth?" Those kinds of questions come in handy as a 
job counselor. 

When Brown and Miller made the decision in 1994 to go 
out on their own, they got to work right away, setting up a 
counseling business and sending announcements to past cli- 
ents, clergy and therapists. But more importantly, they estab- 
lished a mission they both agreed upon. "We wanted to offer 
career counseling as a primary goal, and our classes and work- 
shops are always centered around careers," said Brown. As the 
BrownMiller Group, they seek clients who want in-depth 
career counseling, and their clientele reflect that. They have 
helped attorneys, ministers, teachers, a college professor who 
Ji Jn't receive tenure, a fund raiser who wanted to make a larger 
il-iry, and a graphic designer who was torn about whether to 
L^'. into management. 

The majority of their clients are between 35 and 55 years 
olij and are already working. Brown explained. "Most have 
re;)lly well-paying jobs and are successful where they are, but 
they're not happy with what they are doing. They dread going 

to work on Mondays. And, the workplace 
has changed dramatically. It used to be, 
you j oined a company, did adequate work, 
and at the end of 30 years you received a 
nice retirement package. Now, you can't 
count on that, no matter where you are. In 
order to have career security, people need 
to be in charge of what it is they love doing. And they need to 
know what to ask for. There's much more of a need for people 
to be self aware," said Brown. To begin counseling someone 
with that kind of a profile, they ask their clients to concentrate 
on themselves and put aside the money issue. "It gets them in 
touch with their deepest desires," said Brown. Some of their 
clients have created satisfying jobs for themselves where they 
already work. Others have come up with an ideal situation by 
establishing their own businesses. A mark of the BrownMiller 
Group's success is that the majority of its clients are referrals. 
Neither Brown nor Miller have regrets about leaving secure 
jobs and creating their own company. Their hours are flexible, 
and with computers in their homes they can work part time 
from there. Brown loves the freedom and autonomy to make 
their business reflect their vision. Her worst fear, never real- 
ized, was that the partnership wouldn't work out. "I had heard 
such horror stories from people who had gone into business 
with partners. But I really valued Bonnie's friendship. I have a 
tremendous respect for her ability. She is someone I can be 
honest with, and I can be certain she is up front with me," said 

The practical end of the business was the easy part, because 
modem technology takes care of it. The hard part was learning 
to be patient, watching the business grow, and working to 
market themselves. One way they do this is by offering a 12- 
week Life Planning Seminar in which clients take a good, long 
look at their present situation and assess what they want to 
change about their future. 

It's not an easy issue to face, but Miller and Brown know 
that. They've done it themselves. 

FYI: The BrownMiller Group, 122 Granite Avenue Richmond, VA 
23113 804*288«2157 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1999 


Wildflower l^*"^'^^^' Owner 

Mary Murrin Painter '71 

Mary Murrin Painter '71 cul- 
tivates, promotes, and respects 
"smart" plants that have the 
genetic memory to thrive in a 
given place. A place like her 
farm, Wildside Farm, in 
Fauquier County, VA, "where 
cattle and horse pasture land 
meet the Blue Ridge," she says. 

Painter owns Virginia Na- 
tives, a retail and wholesale 
nursery providing container- 
grown, regionally hardy, na- 
tive wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, 
trees and grasses. "I tend to 
focus on plants that are user- 
friendly and that provide nectar, natural cover, and forage or 
food for everything from hummingbirds to songbirds to butter- 
flies," Painter explains. She strongly encourages the use of 
regional native plants because they carry the genetic memory 
to thrive in their environs, and thus are durable, drought- 
tolerant, and resistant to pests and diseases. 

When Painter established her nursery 14 years ago, she 
brought with her a lifelong love of nature. "I grew up in 
Charleston, WV, on a mountaintop that was blessed with a 
diversity of wildlife, both flora and fauna. My father and I would 
take long walks through the woods, and he engendered a real 
appreciation of the natural world in me at an early age. He had 
a natural love and respect for the land and what was on it and 
in it." Painter says she also inherited her business sense from her 

While she makes an effort to keep Virginia Natives small, 
she said it just keeps growing. She has tripled the inventory, 
expanded the display gardens, is opening it up to retail sales, 
and hand illustrates her yearly catalog for mail order sales. She 

sells to clients such as the 
U.S. National Arboretum, 
botanical gardens through- 
out the southeast and mid- 
Atlantic, and parklands. She 
also founded the Virginia 
Native Plants Society and has 
served as director of the Con- 
ference on Landscaping with 
Native Plants, an annual 
meeting held at Western 
Carolina University which 
draws international atten- 

Painter spends her days 
working hard alongside a few 
part-time seasonal employ- 
ees who, she says, "are all over-educated and love to get dirt 
under their nails." On her 16-acre farm, she waters thousands 
of container plants, refurbishes stock beds, weeds, pots, fills 
orders, and prepares for sales events. Just this year she has finally 
put aside her two other great loves to focus on her business. "I 
am an avid, competitive horse woman. My last horse left the 
property in the last six months. And I have just set aside 
working toward a competitive golf tournament schedule." 

What drives Painter is her absolute belief that she must 
educate and encourage people to rejuvenate their landscape 
with regionally-hardy plants. "In too many places, sterile blos- 
soms provide no nectar or food source. And then people realize 
that they hear no birds, and they couldn't find an earthworm if 
they tried. When I viewed my farm the day we purchased it, I 
saw a screech owl and heard a kingfisher rat-a-tat-tatting." 

FYI: Virginia Natives Nursery, P.O. Box D, Hume, VA 22639 

Investment Consultant 

Julie IVIays Cannell '70 

Over the years, Julie Mays Cannell '70 has amassed an interest- 
ing collection of hard hats. Cannell, who owns J. M. Cannell, 
Inc., a consulting practice specializing in the electric utility 
industry, started out with an English major from Mary Baldwin 
and a master's in librarianship from Emory University in 
Atlanta. But while teaching graduate MBA students how to do 
research, she discovered that she liked what they were doing 
better than what she .was doing. Cannell then applied to 
Columbia University and received her MBA in 1978. After 
graduating, she accepted a full-time job as a securities analyst 
with Lord Abbett tSi Co., an investment management company 
on Wall Street. She was given responsibility for following the 

electric utility industry. 

"When 1 was first hired, 1 wanted to work with an industry 
that was more glamorous, but instead I was assigned to one that 
dealt with an amorphous product. I had no notion of the 
enormous change this industry was going to face," she said. In 
recent years electrical utilities have been preparing for deregu- 
lation and over the last several decades, they have been 
contending with EPA standards. 

In the 20 years Cannell worked at Lord Abbett, she also 
took over responsibility for coverage of the telecommunica- 
tions industry, managing a utility mutual fund and general 
pension portfolios, but keeping the electrical utility niche as 


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well. It was a role with immense pressure. "The days were long. 
I had a three-hour round-trip commute, I missed out on a lot of 
my family's life, and I was getting to the 
point where I had been doing the same 
thing for a long time. It became clear to me 
that I had to make a change. I was sleeping 
less, worrying more, and still I had to keep 
up with my responsibilities. Finally, inter- 
nally, I accepted that change had to occur 
and I became calm and really thought it 
out," she recalled. 

At that point, she researched, ex- 
plored and considered her options. There 
were three, in her mind. She could make 
a change within the Wall Street realm, 
but that wouldn't have altered her stress 
factors. She could have done something 
totally different — she briefly explored getting a degree in 
landscape design — or she could go to work for herself. At the 
end of 1996, she chose the latter. 

Before launching her business, Cannell brainstormed 
with friends, confidantes and contacts. "This had to be done 
in the most above-board manner possible. I still have some 
very solid friendships remaining at my former employer's. I 
don't think it pays to burn bridges," she said. On February 1, 

1997, Cannell started her business out of her home in Pur- 
chase, NY. She had minimal start-up costs — telephone line, 
computer system, office equipment. She 
gave up "security, a steady income, and all 
the trapping of corporate life, which in- 
cluded a secretary, the mailroom and the 
cache of being affiliated with a prestigious 
Wall Street corporation. I gained the free- 
dom to call my own shots, to work as I 
choose, and to work more creatively," she 

She has since brought two retainer 
clients to her business, with an additional 
13 clients. She has been an expert witness 
for three power companies. Cannell ad- 
mits that she has not yet followed the 
standard rule of owning one's own busi- 
ness: "You spend 25 percent of your time marketing. I can't say 
I do that, but I think it's very important." And she has let her 
business develop along with the fast-changing utilities indus- 
try. "Being involved in one of the country's major industries 
as it transforms itself is really thrilling," she said. 

FYI: J.IVI. Cannell, Inc., P.O. Box 199, Purchase, NY 10577 
914 •686 '3245 

President, Helena Frost, Ltd. 

Helena Frost '64 

Helena Frost '64 began her second business out of necessity. 
And what ensued were one-of-a-kind inventions. 

Helena Frost Associates, Ltd., produces handcast polyresin 
home accessories. Frost takes antiques or interesting objects, 
makes molds of them using the 
same process Renaissance masters 
did, and then manufactures mul- 
tiples of them. She has 350 designs 
in chandeliers, candlesticks, 
sconces, mirrors, planters, window 
boxes, garden accessories, and very 
fancy birdhouses. She is best 
known, she said, for her hat bird- 
houses, which are shipped all over. 
"I'll go out and buy an Amish 
farmer's hat and make a birdhouse 
out of it. During the Gulf War, I 
did an Uncle Sam hat, and Mrs. 

Bush bought one at the Washington Flower Show. 1 sent one to 
•'jHrter and Clinton, so now three presidents have them," said 

In 1993, Frost's first business, a graphics and publishing firm 
specializing in textbooks, began faltering. It was a business she had 
started with her late ex-husband. She was a single mother, her son 
was going to college, and schools stopped buying textbooks, said 

Frost. "I had a kid to put through college. I had to cover the 
expenses, and what I thought I was going to do forever didn't exist 
anymore. When you have to do it, you don't think about it," she 

First, she began repping for a friend, who was making hand cast 
reproductions. Then, Frost went out on her own. She researched 
casting methods, but the problem was that there was no one to 
teach her because the process was so old. She ended up finding 
200-year-old books on the subject. Then she encountered OSHA 
laws. But her father, a former missile engineer with General 
Electric, helped set up her shop. "I 
know how to do this," he told her, 
and put to work the same tech- 
nique he had used in the airplane 
industry in the '40s and '50s. 

What came out of this mar- 
riage of skills and interests were 
unique, limited edition home ac- 
cessories that Frost carefully mar- 
kets. "My line is original in design. 
I work very carefully to make sure 
each design is only sold in one store in a major city, and they are 
exclusive to one catalog," she said. The latest Rue de France 
catalog, for instance, features three of her hat birdhouses on its 
back cover — the man's boater, the lady's Panama, and a French 

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naval hat. 

Over the last five years, Frost has built her business with 
persistent marketing techniques and plain hard work. She trav- 
els all over the United States searching out antiques to cast, such 
as the 1 7th-century Italian mirror valued at $7 ,000. She ships her 
unusual wares all over the country. Her son has recently joined 
his mother in the business. "You couldn't ask for a greater 
pleasure than to have a son go into business with you," she said. 

Frost has no regrets. "I've had a fascinating life. I've met a lot 
of interesting people. I don't know a lot of people who get up and 

do what they want to do. I get up and create," she said. 

Helena Frost reported that when she did the recent NYC 
spring gift show, a long-time customer she'd never met turned 
out to be a fellow MBC graduate from her small class of 1964 — 
Barbara Isicson Ulrich, the owner of The Secret Garden shop in 
Newburgh, IN. Frost only sells wholesale, but Ulrich carries 
Frost's products in her store. 

FYI: The Secret Garden, 101 State Street, Newburgh, IN 
47630 812*858*9128 

Party Planner 

R. J. Landin Loderick's '86 

R. J. Landin Loderick's '86 knows how to keep a poker face. 
When booked entertainment doesn't arrive at one of the 
parties she has arranged, when caterers fail, when ice storms 
prevail and place cards are switched, Loderick never lets on. 
Guests are treated royally, and her party-planning business. 
Have A Ball, Ltd., carries forth. 

Christenings and surprise birthday parties, at-home din- 
ners and fund raisers, garden tour luncheons and weddings, 
Loderick's secret to throwing a great bash is "one thousand 
percent customer service. Quality over 
quantity. I do not accept multiple func- 
tions on the same date. My clients have 
100 percent accessibility to me. And I 
handle all of it, so they can truly be a guest 
at their own function," she said. 

Ten years ago, Loderick took the big 
leap into entrepreneurism in Richmond, a 
city where conservatism is the backbone 
of society. Party planning, she said, was a 
relatively new service, and it was a con- 
cept difficult for some to grasp. "It is per- 
ceived as a luxury item because people 
don't feel they can justify the expense. 
What some don't understand is that if you 
employ this, it will save you time and 
ultimately money because our vendors 
know we're watching them, and they know 
we expect quality." 

Loderick's previous experience was 
important in getting started. An internship at the Supreme 
Court while she was still at Mary Baldwin entailed giving tours 
and lectures and helping organize special events. She comes from 
a large family, and was always in the middle of their celebrations 
and parties. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in fine arts 
and arts management, Loderick worked as the bridal manager of 
Montaldo's, a store in Richmond. "It was a springboard for me. 
It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know people," she said. 
Loderick was scared at the prospect of starting her own business, 
but realized it was the right thing because she believed in it 
enough to deal with the fear. "Fear keeps you sharp and humble. 
And the harder you work, the more returns come back. Besides," 

she said, "it's a happy pursuit, taking part in celebrations." 

Loderick credits her success to her volunteerism as well as 
her experience. "The more you plug into a community, the 
more you get out of it," she said. From the Richmond Sym- 
phony to the Junior League, from Mary Baldwin alumnae 
gatherings to the ballet and various museums, Loderick is in the 
fray. She is also in the phone book, at bridal shows, sends direct 
mail promotional pieces, and has had articles written about her 
business. After pursuing clients full force for a decade, Loderick 
now finds that she can be careful what 
functions she accepts. "1 had to learn 
patience and persistence." Successful pre- 
liminary screening helps ensure happy out- 
comes, she said. 

So does keeping that poker face. 
The client is always right, and Loderick 
makes sure that before the curtain goes up 
on one of her parties, all angles have been 
examined, "from placecards to valet park- 
ing to where the gifts are put to fixing the 
heel on someone's shoe. Never be caught 
without your homework done." That 
homework often entails long, late hours of 
pre -party planning, but Loderick said she's 
neurotic enough not to pay a bit of atten- 
tion to the clock. That attitude quickly 
weeds out the unenthusiastic members of 
her staff, but leaves her with qualified 
support and a successful business. 
Just recently, Loderick threw a surprise 50th birthday party 
with 225 invitees at the Country Club of Virginia. It was one 
of her favorite parties to date. "It was really special. The host 
was willing to be creative and different, and it was such a happy 
occasion. And the guest of honor was very receptive to being 
surprised," said Loderick. When the caviar was running low 
and the Elvis impersonator was trapped at a distant airport, 
Loderick carried on, and so did the party. 
The guests had a ball. 

FYI: Have A Ball, Limited, 9710 River Road, Richmond, VA 
23233 804*740*4933 


Spring 1999 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Owner - Crown Jewelers 

Dana Flanders '82 

Dana Flanders '82 is no stranger to adversity. During her first 
year as owner of Crown Jewelers in Staunton VA, she was a 
newly-single mother with two small children. Her mother had 
breast cancer, then was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Flanders, 
in addition to normal busi- 
ness expenses, needed to 
restock the jewelry store 
which she had purchased 
on April 1, 1997. 

But she held on. "The 
first year was very hard. 
Everything was tight. We 
just kept going." Crown 
Jewelers had long-time 
customers that kept re- 
turning after Flanders 
bought the store. Employ- 
ees that had worked there 
previously stayed on, help- 
ing with the transition. 
And Flanders brought 
with her a sharp eye for 
business and marketing 
details, such as her insis- 
tence that each customer 
receive a thank-you note 
in the mail, no matter how 
modest or large their pur- 

"It makes them think 
about Crown Jewelers. We 
have wonderful customer 
service and treat every- 
one equally," she said, 
telling the story of a street 
woman who has faithfully 
paid, on time, for a $100 
ring she put on layaway. 
"We try to find something 
for someone if we don't 
have it in stock. We offer 

machine engraving done by hand, here, and we can send out for 
hand engraving." 

Owning Crown Jewelers was a natural progression for 
Flanders. At Mary Baldwin, she majored in business manage- 
ment and history. She managed the pub on campus, then 
worked at various retail stores. In 1984, Flanders bought The 

Trading Company in Staunton and turned it into a gift shop. 
After closing that and having two children, she returned to the 
job market, first at the Frontier Culture Museum, then as 
manager of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Gift Shop. While 
she was working there, she 
started negotiations to buy 

"I like to work for 
myself. I feel challenged, 
and I like to learn things 
and do things. My parents 
taught me that we all have 
to pull our own weight. It's 
j ust what we all did — you 
work for what you get. I 
work six days a week, and 
during the summers, I take 
off most afternoons," she 
said. Her children, Char- 
lotte and Richard, come 
to Crown Jewelers after 
school, do their home- 
work, and "learn that you 
have to work to make 
money. That is a lesson I 
want to teach them. They 
also know that if I'm help- 
ing a customer or if it's a 
busy afternoon, they have 
to work, too. They are part 
of a family, and they do 
family chores." 

Marketing in a small 
town can be tricky. 
Flanders said she's tried 
radio and direct mail, holds 
an annual estate sale, and 
advertises in the newspa- 
per weekly. But her volun- 
teer work with the 
Staunton Downtown De- 
velopment Association, her involvement with her church, and 
her thank-you notes to customers have been the magic that has 
turned her business into a success. 

FYI: Crown Jewelers, 6 East Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 
24401 540*885*0653 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazjne • Spring 1999 


Remembering Lilly 

A Eulogy given at 
Emmanuel Episcopal Church 
Staunton, Virginia 
April 15, 1999 


By Dr. James D. Lott 

Lilly SImrlll Smith, '55 

Lilly Simrill Smith '55, died Sunday, April 11, 

in Baltimore. She had suffered for several 

years with Alzheimer's disease. Lilly left 

MBC before finishing her degree but returned 

in 1960 as the wife of Ben H. Smith, a 

member of the English faculty. She was a 

second mother for many students from 1960 

to 1980, when she and 

Ben left Staunton so that 

Ben could attend General 

Theological Seminary in 

New York. Her kindness, 

hospitality, and sense of 

humor are legendary 

among those MBC 

students and faculty who knew her. 

In 1974 the college bestowed on Lilly the 
Algernon Sydney Sullivan award for her 
"friendly service" to members of the college 
and Staunton community. In 1977, having 
returned to the MBC classroom, she received 
her B.A. in Social Work, after which she 
worked for a Staunton agency providing 
assistance to the poor. Until her illness 
prevented it, she served with Ben in Episco- 
pal churches in Alexandria, VA, and Balti- 
more, MD. 

Survivors in addition to her husband 
include two sisters, Nancy Simrill Landstreet 
of York S.C, and Susan Simrill Manning of 
Easley, S.C; daughters Katherine Smith of 
Takoma Park MD, Sarah Hutchinson of 
Richmond, VA, and Lilly Preston Smith of 
Baltimore; and a son, Ben H. Smith III of 
Atlanta, GA. 

She is also survived by five grandchildren: 
Ian and Connor Siegel of Takoma Park, Lilly 
and Pemberton Hutchinson IV of Richmond, 
and Johanna Lorraine Hiskey Smith of 

ow can you even begin to talk about Lilly? 
Whatever you say won't come close to the 
reality or begin to capture her vibrancy, her joy in 
life, her wild humor, her love for family and friends and for the 
bag lady who wandered into the lobby of General Theological 
Seminary and kept coming back to visit. 1 know that each 
human being, that each one of us, is unique, but isn't it possible, 
even if not grammatically correct, to be uniquely unique? 

Each of us here today, 1 know, has stories to tell about Lilly, 
and if we added all those stories up we'd have a clearer and more 
accurate picture than any one of us can paint alone. But only one 
of us can speak at a time, and 1 get the privilege, and I realized, 
thinking about this occasion, that all 1 can give you is my version 
of Lilly, and 1 hope my version will remind you of some of your 
own life with her. 

Pam and 1 came to Staunton in the spring of 1964 for an 
interview at Mary Baldwin College. We felt right about it: the 
valley was lovely in the springtime, the college was beautiful and 
the people friendly. But what clinched it for us was meeting Lilly 
and Ben. It was immediate and permanent bonding, sealed by a 
letter Pam received from Lilly a few days after we had returned 
to Knoxville, written in that marvelous quasi stream of 
consciousness style she had when she wrote. She wrote about 
how glad she was to meet us and how she hoped we would decide 
to take the job, and what impressed us most was that she had 
written the entire letter on shelf paper. We decided then and 
there that we wanted to be part of a community where the wife 
of a senior - or more or less senior - faculty member wrote the 
wife of a new instructor on whatever piece of paper was handiest. 
For Lilly it was the message, not the medium - the feeling and not 
the form - which was important, and if over the years we could 
never predict what Lilly would do, we would always know why 
she did it: her impulse was to reach out and embrace life along 
with all who were in her vicinity. 

Years later, when Ben was in seminary, we visited the Smiths 
in New York, and we decided to go by subway down to the Village 
to a real Italian restaurant for New Year's Eve. Not only did we 
take all four Smith children - Katherine, Sarah, Ben, and Lilly 
- but there were four Lott children and Ben's sister Katherine 
Tinker '61, her husband and children, plus a Mary Baldwin 
graduate who was having some temporary hard times and needed 
some tender loving care. Standing on the platform waiting for 
the train, both Pam and 1 certain that we'd all be mugged or 
worse, Lilly began singing Christmas carols, and we all joined in 
(the children perhaps a bit embarrassed) and it seemed perfectly 
natural when a young man near us started singing as well. And 
it also seemed natural when Lilly introduced herself to the young 
man and then asked him to join us for dinner. He said he had 


Spring 1999 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

something else to do, but I could tell by his face that he really 
truly wanted to tag along with that choir director and her 
family of singers. 

Lilly was incorrigibly hospitable. It always seemed to me 
appropriate that the house on Sherwood Avenue was at the 
dead end of the street, because you always did feel when you 
visited that there was nowhere better to be. When the Smiths 
moved in to 380 Sherwood in the fall of 1964, they had a huge 
party, or at least it seemed huge. Lots of people from the college 
and from the town gathered to paint the basement! (Actually 
there may have been others upstairs doing other things, but I 
remember happily painting away on a concrete wall and 
talking with people who seemed equally happy while Lilly sat 
on the steps - a loaf of bread, a pack of luncheon meat, and a 
jar of mustard next to her- and made sandwiches which we ate 
while we talked and worked and drank beer and enjoyed each 
other.) It was always that way, not the painting, but the 
enjoyment, and the gatherings in the Smith house were always 
what we would have wanted for ourselves had we had sense 
enough to imagine it ahead of time. 

Once I went to the Smith's early in the evening for some 
reason I've forgot. There were at least 10 children - everyone 
had brought friends home, I think- playing the sort of game 
which energizes children and drives adults batty, very noisy 
and messy. And there, in a corner of the living room from 
which I swear all noise had been banished, sat Lilly and Ben 
and their English friend Kirstie Morrison having quiet tea. 

Another time we had a wonderful dinner but the company 
seemed not quite up to the occasion, and after we ate we began 
an atypical evening in the Smith's living room, with halting 
conversation and long pauses - it was a rather old and dignified 
group of academics for the most part. Lilly saved the evening 
by retreating to the attic and returning with hats - ladies' hats 
from the 1950's: one or two sort of flat black plate-looking 
things with veils and some that looked to be no more than 
small clusters of flowers and maybe even one with wooden fruit 
on the top - and circled the room placing a hat on every head, 
male and female alike. The conversation got appreciably 
livelier after that. 

And once - was it little Lilly's birthday dinner when we 
had all potatoes because that's what she said she wanted? - 
while we were eating, a lady came to deliver a sofa and before 
any of us knew she had done it, Lilly had invited the lady to eat 
and pulled up a chair for her, as well, 1 seem to remember, as 
for her bemused but hungry daughter. And yet another 
evening - to celebrate Lilly's graduation from college - when 
about 200 or 2000 people had gathered both inside and outside 
the Smith house and it threatened to rain, in fact seemed ready 
to begin pouring, Lilly rushed out of the house and said to 
whatever weather power was in control that night, "No! No! 
No!", shook her fist and returned triumphantly to the dining 
room to dish out more hot dogs. And it did not rain. 

It was this gift she had, the gift of gathering people around 
her to enjoy her and to enjoy each other. In Lilly's presence 
even the stodgiest of us relaxed, and the grumpiest smiled and 

the sourest sweetened. Eating snicker-doodles in Lilly's 
sometimes less than immaculate kitchen helped me understand 
almost more than anything else the sacrament of communion, 
how receiving God's gift of Himself in the presence of others 
and in the form of food can make you rise up better than you 
were before you knelt down. ( By the way, Lilly did give out the 
snicker-doodle recipe, but those who tried it in their own 
ovens never got quite the same results, perhaps because of the 
ovens or the kitchen karma or because Lilly may have slightly 
misrepresented the quantity and ratio of the ingredients.) 

I haven't mentioned the gardens - the one on Sherwood 
Avenue where every family who wished had a parcel of land 
or the one in Alexandria to which Lilly had to drive in order 
to dig and plant and reap or the one in Baltimore where she 
managed to make the hillside behind the church bloom until 
she couldn't any longer. Once when she had an eye problem, 
she told me it was a condition that was caused by dust and 
that farmers got it by following a mule-pulled plow too often. 
She said it in the natural self-deprecating way she had, but 
she also seemed pleased with that connection between herself 
and the plowers of fields back in York, South Carolina. 

I haven't mentioned Lilly on the telephone: there was no 
such thing as a wrong number; if she dialed wrong she talked 
to you anyway, and you knew by the end of the talk you had 
a new friend. I haven't mentioned her way with children, 
how they took to her like one of their own, especially when 
she let them cling to any part of the car they could hold on 
to and drove them down - or backed them up - the street. I 
haven't talked about the affection she inspired in Mary 
Baldwin students, two of whom sent me an e-mail this week, 
one to say that she remembered that only Lilly and her own 
mother had made egg and olive sandwiches for her and 
another who said that when she was a senior English major 
at Mary Baldwin, it was Lilly who took her to have her 
official wedding portrait made. And I haven't talked about 
the way she could break into a rousing rendition of Madam 
Butterfly's "Un bel di dididi." 

It strikes me as I remember Lilly that she was above all 
else - in a completely unself conscious way - life giving. 
What I want to say is that when you were with Lilly you were 
more fully yourself and more fully aware of the world around 
you with all its quirks and shapes and possibilities. When you 
were with her, you not only enjoyed Lilly but you also enjoyed 
whoever else was there and you even enjoyed yourself more. 
Recognizing that about Lilly makes me want to say something 
about Incarnation, how we all at our best can bear God's love 
to each other but how Lilly was particularly good at it. I think, 
though, my wife Pam said most precisely what I've been trying 
to say: "Lilly was the perfect friend." 

Lilly died, after a long struggle shared by her family, within 
the first hour of the Orthodox Church's Easter morning. And 
how appropriate that is and how it urges us to affirm that like 
the saviour in whom she believed, Lilly is risen, she is risen 

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The years are flying by — soon it will be the year 
2000. Many changes have occurred in our lives, in 
the work force and in the world, and Mary Baldwin 
College is moving forward to meet the challenges of 
this new century. We alumnae are truly fortunate to 
have a capable and talented staff in the Office of 
Alumnae Activities to help the college move forward. 
I wish 1 had the space to tell you everything they do 
lor the alumnae and the college, but that would take 
up too many pages, so 1 will briefly introduce them. 

Shea S. Shannon is the executive director of 
alumnae activities. She joined the staff in Sep- 
tember, coming to MBC from the Florida Institute 
of Technology. At MBC, she develops alumnae 
chapters and chapter events; oversees the alumnae 
office staff and budget; and serves as the liaison 
among staff and alumnae, faculty, students and com- 

Those of you who have attended Homecom- 
ing know Director of Alumnae Projects Anne M. 
Holland '88. Anne coordinates meetings for the 
Alumnae Association Executive Committee and 
Board of Directors and plans Homecoming events 
and leadership conferences. She also helps plan 
chapter events. 

The newest staff member is Dana G. Allen, 
director of volunteers. She coordinates the 
admission's volunteer program and helps with ad- 
missions and chapter events. She also advises and 
manages the student group — Student Alumnae 
Relations Society (STARS). 

Alumnae Office Coordinator Kathy R. 
McDanie! greets everyone who enters MBC's 
Alumnae House. She compiles information for 

Class Notes, Virginia schools parties, memorial 
bookplates, the Children's Literature Program, and 
biographical information updates. She also provides 
staff support for alumnae, admissions and chapter 

For over 10 years, Judy D. Neff has served as 
Alumnae Office manager. She provides staff sup- 
port for the executive director of alumnae activi- 
ties, the director of alumnae projects, the director 
of volunteers and the Alumnae Association Board 
of Directors. This doesn't begin to tell you the valu- 
able work she does. 

MBC's Alumnae Association Board of Direc- 
tors work closely with these staff members to help 
you "Plant the Seeds" for Mary Baldwin and to stay 
connected to the college. They are our resources 
for creating new chapters and reconnecting alum- 
nae to the college. 

We should all try in the coming year to be- 
come more informed about the needs of our col- 
lege and the many different ways we can help. Our 
dedication and concern for our alma mater will 
make it possible for Mary Baldwin College to have 
a future in the new millennium. 

I hope to see many of you at Homecoming, May 
21 -23. 

My fondest regards to you all, 


Judy Lipes Garst '63 

President, Alumnae Association Board of Directors 

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class notes 



Black Mountain NC has a new 
great, great-grandchild, Ethan 
Randall Powers, born May 16, 



has moved into Summit 
Square Retirement Home in 
Waynesboro VA. Mrs. 
Messimer has four great- 
grandchildren. Her favorite 
activities are trips to the 
beach, playing bridge and 
volunteer work for her church. 



lives at Sunnyside Presbyte- 
rian Retirement Community in 
Harrisonburg VA, where she 
visits MBC Dean Emerita 
Martha Grafton often. 


moved into Fairhaven, a 
retirement community in 
Sykesville MD in January. 


even though she and husband 
Bob are permanent residents 
of Orlando FL, they still keep 
their home in Upstate New 
York. They usually spend May 
through October there, visiting 
their six children and 10 
grandchildren and traveling up 
and down the east coast. The 
couple are members of the 
First Presbyterian Church in 
Orlando, and they enjoy 
golfing, working out at the 
fitness center and collecting 

antiques. Bob, in particular, 
has a passion for collecting 
and repairing old clocks. 
Frances stays in touch with 
classmates MARGARET 
JACKSON Green, and 


Minlcller of Longwood FL took 
an 18-day cruise last July on 
the Volga River. She landed in 
Moscow and traveled to 
several small cities before 
ending her trip in St. 


MARY HORTON Waldron of 

Hyattsville MD had a surprise 
reunion with ALICE WILSON 
Matlock '47 while vacationing 
in Boca Raton FL last year. 
Mary went on a tour of the old 
Boca Resort Hotel sponsored 
by the local historical society 
and was delighted to find none 
other than Alice leading the 



Wilmington DE and classmate 
visited RUTH DeGRAFF 
Condra last summer after the 
death of Ruth's husband John. 


MARY BEALE Black and 

husband Frank traveled to 
New Zealand and Australia in 
January 1998. Shortly after 
their return, they moved to 

Woodbridge VA. Frank is 
completing renovation on a 
wastewater treatment facility 
for nearby Fairfax VA. The 
couple has seven grandchil- 

1998 to Shannon's daughter, 
Scarisbrick '86, and son-in- 
law Alan. 



Allentown PA is a math teacher of Savannah GA and husband 

at the Moravian Academy Frank are enjoying their 
Upper School in Bethlehem. 


SUSAN ANDES Pittman of 

Raleigh NC and several 1956 
classmates had a mini-reunion 
last fall in Washington DC. 
Henderson, "BETTY" BOYER 
Bullock, "SUE" DOZIER Grotz 
and ANN RITCHIE McHugh all 
attended. The group visited the 
White House, saw a Van Gogh 
exhibit and enjoyed several of 
Washington's finest restau- 


lives in Vero Beach FL in the 
winter and the mountains of 
North Carolina in the summer. 
She visited classmates DIANA 
REDE Cabell and KAY SMITH 
Raid last year. 


ANN KENNEDY Melton of 

Davidson NC retired last 
August from Davidson 
College's Career Services 
Department. She is looking 
forward to spending more time 
with her grandchildren, seeing 
friends and gardening. 


Greensboro NC has a new 
granddaughter, Elizabeth 
"Betsy" Paige, born in July 

Mathis of Austin TX has 
served three terms as chair of 
the City of Austin's Ethics 
Review Commission, which 
oversees public funding of 
council races. 



Honolulu HI is a color 
consultant and has written six 
electronic books about color 
in the series Color Voodoo. Jill 
also has an educational 
website: ( She 
was interviewed for the 
November 1998 issue of 
Entrepreneur's Business 
Startup magazine, and her 
expertise on color in design 
was tapped for an article 
concerning the new IMac 
computer in the November 9, 
1998 issue of Fortune. 


WALKER Gate of Eastover SC 
celebrated the birth of her 
first grandson in April 1998. 


of Hopewell Junction NY says 
her youngest daughter Carese 
was married in October. 

Carese works for a Wall Street 
firm and her husband is 
employed by the Environmen- 
tal Protection Agency in New 
York City. 

Patterson of Burlington NC 
says that her mother AGNES 
LATHAM Carter '34 passed 
away last July. Meredith has 
three children: Jill, 28; and 
twin sons, Mark and Michael, 
26, who are both married. 


Boca Raton FL is coordinator 
of Spanish and professor of 
bilingual students at Florida 
Atlantic University. She also 
runs her own business, 
Spanish Works, Inc., which 
sends students to Spain. She 
was especially pleased to help 
an MBC graduate locate to 
Madrid last summer. Her 
husband John retired in 
October and both her sons 
graduated from college in May 

1998. Jonathan received his 
master's degree from the 
Darden School of Business at 
the University of Virginia, and 
Michael received his BA 
degree from St. Lawrence 


Burke VA says her daughter 
Mary Taylor will graduate from 
Roanoke College in spring 

1999, and son Reede is 
working in Europe. 



of Houston TX has served as 

Escorting Martha Grafton (center), former 
MBC dean, at the re-dedication of the 
Administration building in October are 
alumnae Hannah Campbell Boatwright 
'42 and Sarah Maupin Jones '39. 

Several MBC friends held a mini-reunion at the resort 
home of Bill and Betty White Talley '51 in Duck NC 
last June. Taking in the sun are (l-r) Lucy Jones '52, 
Betty White Talley '51, Martha Brown '52, "Marty" 
Kline Chaplin '51 and Marilyn Walseth Gano '51. The 
group was disappointed classmates Peggy Shelton 
Fore '52 and Anne Poole '51 were unable to attend. 

Several 1962 classmates met at Roberta Montgomery 
Fonville's home in San Migueide Mexico in September, (l-r) 
clockwise are: Mary Eldridge Berry, Dale Porter Miller, 
Pene Pettit Moore, Nan Sturgis Roach and "Helen" 
Rasberry Benton. 


Spring 1999 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazini 


Welch '91 

and Bryan 

Magee were 

married on 


6, 1997 at 


Manor in 


VA. Bobbie 

and Bryan 

live in Houston TX, where both are employed by the 

Deer Park Police Department. Seated with the bride 

are "Millie" Welch May '91 and Alice Welch Cox '79. 

Other MBC friends and classmates attending the 

wedding included (l-r) Eleanor Ware '91, Gina Groome 

'91, Jennifer Webb '91, Susie Kierson Miller '91, Sarah 

Penhallow Vestal '91, Jen Harris '93, MBC Dean of 

Students Dr. Heather Wilson and Liz Saunders '79. 

Four members of the class of 
1985 visited the home of Kelly 
Andrews Coselli in Houston TX in 
October, (l-r) are: Kelly Andrews 
Coselli and daughter Catherine, 
Eleanor Montague Smith and son 
Frankie, Lora Schneider Lindahl 
and Judy Clegg Oguich. 

All smiles at the May 1995 wedding of Debbie Wuensch 
Haynes '88: (l-r) Jennifer Seay '94, Mary Chess Donald 
'87, Suzanne Lochner '88, bride Debbie, "Meg" Hartley 
Buchanan '88, Lisa Dressier '88 and Beth Wuensch '95. 
Through the years, these friends have remained close, 
and the crew got together in March 1998 for their second 
"Green Dog Party." The party was extra special this year 
as the honored guests were newborns Jonathan Haynes 
and Ian Casimir Wiseman, sons of Debbie Haynes and 
Suzanne Lochner, respectively. 

a school librarian in the 
Houston Independent School 
District for the last nine years. 

SARAH-MACK Lawson of 

Banner Elk NC is an exercise 


Wyckoff NJ reports that one of 
her daughter's is married and 
the other lives in New York 
City. Carol says that one of 
her favorite pastimes is her 
watercolor class. 

EMILY WRIGHT Mallory of 

Roanoke VA manages the 
Second Yard, and husband 
Brooke is the director of the 
Child Development Clinic. 
Their daughter Julia married 
Rolf Craven on December 19 
at St. Mary's Chapel at 
Chatham Hall. Julia is working 
on her Ph.D. in genetics at 
UNC-Chapel Hill, and her 
husband is completing his 
post-doctoral fellowship there 
as well. Their son Bo is the 
environmental education 
coordinator for the Science 
Museum of Western Virginia, 
where he teaches children 
about the environment in an 
outdoor setting. 

J. HOPE ROTHERT Taft is the 

new "first lady of Ohio" since 
husband Robert was elected 
governor of the state last fall. 



Wheaton MD says her 
daughter Beth is a senior at 
Penn State University. 


Hanson of Carmichael CA had 
two major surgeries and 
returned to work in September 
after missing 14 weeks. She 
says, "1998 was a challeng- 
ing year." In November, she 
was licensed as one of two lay 
readers at her church, St. 
Michael's. Later that month, 
she conducted two morning 
prayer services. She remains 
active in the Daughters of 
Scotia and has started a four- 
year Education for Ministry 
program. She would like to 
thank all of her MBC friends 
for their support this year, 
especially MARTHA NUSSEAR 



Richmond VA says that her 
mother passed away in March 
1998. During a three-month 
break from work, Melissa 
passed the clinical social 
worker licensure exam and 
now works with kidney dialysis 
patients, nursing home 
residents and home health 
patients. She says, "The pace 
is hectic, but I love the 
flexibility." Melissa has two 
daughters, Lacy, 15, and 
Laura, 12. She was visited by 


Virginia Beach VA is the 
assistant director of 
development at the Norfolk 
Christian School, and her 
husband Ned flies for 
American Airlines. They have 
one son, Jay, who attends 
Norfolk Christian. 



of Charlottesville VA says her 
daughter Betsy will be married 
in August. 

MAUREEN LOVE Bendall of 

Lynchburg VA says that her 
daughter Bryce works for 
Calvin Klein in New York City, 
and son Richard is a 
freshman at Washington & 
Lee University. 

CARYN GOVE Long of Lake 
Helen FL and family are active 
in cub scouting. Son Clark, a 
fourth grader, is a Webelo; 
and son Chase, a second 
grader, is a Wolf. Caryn is the 
Wolf Pack den leader, and 
husband Lewis serves as 
treasurer. The family has 
taken camping trips to Gemini 
Springs State Park and the 
New Smyrna Beach Coast 
Guard Station. Caryn serves 
in the Army National Guard, 
and has transferred to the 
unit at Patrick AFB. She now 
has time to take occasional 
jobs with Kelly Services and 
worked temporarily for a 
company that made sets and 
floats for the new Walt Disney 
Animal Kingdom. Her husband 
Lewis is the senior pastor of 
Pilgrim Community Church. 


ANN DAY of Holden MA and 
partner Donna, welcomed a 
new grandson Connor in 
September 1998. 


Fort Wayne IN and husband 
Brad have been married for 
almost 25 years. They have 
three children: son Brad Jr. is 

a sophomore at West Point 
(USMA); daughter Jennifer will 
graduate from high school this 
year and has been selected 
for the Rotary exchange 
program; and youngest 
daughter Christine is a high 
school freshman. Martha 
describes herself as a 
"professional volunteer and an 
amateur bowler." 


LISA WALL O'Donnell of 

Colorado Springs CO is in her 
third year as a girls' high 
school golf coach. She and 
her family returned to Kenya 
last June for another safari. 
Daughter Laura began college 
at the University of Kansas 
last fall, and in November 
husband Jack went to Nepal to 
climb Ama Dablam. 


MARY JO "MJ" vonTURY met 

her new husband, Dwinal W. 
Smith, while playing at a folk 
festival in Ticonderga NY. The 
two were married in 
September 1997 on the front 
porch of MJ's 102 year-old 
home in Lake Placid. The 
house overlooks the 
Adirondack Mountains. 
Classmate KATHARINE 
RANDOLPH attended the 
wedding. MJ and Dwinal have 
formed an acoustic duo. 
Smith & vonTury, performing 
extensively in New York state. 
They are working on their first 
CD recording. Dwinal is also a 
contractor, and MJ teaches 
theatre and speech at a 
branch college of the State 
University of New York (SUNY). 


After 18 years as a financial 
analyst and auditor, LESLIE 
DORE Hogan of Katy TX was 
delighted to make the career 
change to a "stay-at-home 
mom." Her family moved to 
the Houston area last year, 
and Leslie has become very 
active in her daughter 
Virginia's school. 

TAMI O'DELL of White Plains 
NY has joined the Technology 
Education Network (TEN-TV) as 
executive producer and 
director of production 
services. The network's 
offices are located in the Wall 
Street district of New York. 
Tami looks forward to seeing 
all her classmates at their 
20th reunion in May. 



Shoreline WA is national editor 
for The Seattle Times. 

ANN GRAY has moved to 
Middlesex England to teach 
middle school at the American 
Community School in Surrey. 
Her subjects include English, 
British history and Spanish. 
She is anxious to hear from 
MBC friends visiting the London 


of Richmond VA was named 
statistical officer for the Federal 
Reserve Bank of Richmond in 
January. She joined the bank 
as a data analyst in 1980 and 
was promoted to assistant 
statistician in 1985, statistician 
in 1993 and senior manager in 

The Mary BAr.rjvs'rN College Magazine 



Educator Finds Fun in Learning in Retirement 

by Helen Rosen 

When the 1998 fall semester of Learning in Retirement [began], Carol 
Eliason, the group's president, [was] on hand to launch its third season 
and to cut the ribbon marking its transition to its new home at Edison 
Community College. . . 

If there is anything in Charlotte County relating to education that Eliason 
has not been involved in at one time or another, most of her friends have 
yet to hear about it. For the past three years, she has been a member of 
the board of directors of the Learning in Retirement program, part of the 
Elderhostel Institute Network that offers retirees a chance to participate in 
classes taught by others of their own age. 

"After spending all my life in public education," said Eliason, "it is 
thrilling to see such an opportunity for my fellow seniors. I consider it a 
great honor to be heading this effort. We are excited to see how well the 
program is developing." 

Eliason's background in education goes back more than 40 years. A 
graduate of Mary Baldwin College, she holds a master's degree in Ameri- 
can civilization from the University of Maryland. She has served as an ex- 
ecutive director of the Girls Scouts of America, the director of development 
and special projects for the American Association of Community Colleges, 
and helped to develop the educational "Project 2000" for the National Gov- 
ernors' Association. 

Along the way, she also managed to accumulate husband Bill and a 
family of three children: Charles, now a specialty contractor in San Fran- 
cisco; William T., a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Air Force, who commands 
the 603 Air Control Squadron at Aviano Air Force Base in Italy; and Leslie 
Carol, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Monterey Institute of Interna- 
tional Studies in California. 

Eliason has been involved in education on all levels from a K-6 school 
through college. She served as a member of the Charlotte County School 
Board from 1992 to 1996. Presently, she is a certified substitute teacher 
at all grade levels and continues to participate in the "Reading to Children" 
programs at Sallie Jones and Peace River Schools. 

"I devote a great deal oftime to assistingthe very young in learning to 
read, not just for literacy but also for knowledge and enjoyment. They must 
be taught that television is not the only source of knowledge," she says. 

"I could write a book about the necessity of helping to make young 
parents aware of the importance of education and how necessary it is for 
them to create a benign ambiance for learning in their households. I be- 
lieve this to be the most serious problem facing our American society and 
culture today. Education begins and ends at home." 

It is for this reason, she added, that she will continue to "lead efforts 
to bring intellectual and cultural stimulation and satisfaction to the senior 
community. Brains need to be active at any age, and bead stringing and 
folk dancing are great; but, "Learning to Love Shakespeare" is an abiding 
comfort." [Fall term courses in the Learning in Retirement Program included 
Music Appreciation, An Inside Look at Foreign Policy, and Genealogy.] 

Since her arrival in Charlotte County in 1988, Eliason has contributed 
her leadership skills to many organizations including, the League of Women 
Voters, the Cooper Street Recreation Center, the Charlotte County Cham- 
ber of Commerce's Education Committee, the Democratic Executive Com- 
mittee, the American Association of University Women, and the Charlotte 
County Retired Educators Association. 

This article is reprinted witii permission of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 

Six 1990 classmates celebrated their 30th birthdays at 
Wintergreen resort in Virginia m December 1998, (I r) are 
Cecilia Stock Robinson, Jennifer Netting, Susan Hyatt Ferrell, 
"Beth" Carreras Benson, Maud Davis Carver and Nancy 


Chesapeake VA is an associate 
professor of psychiatry and 
behavioral medicine at Eastern 
Virginia Medical School, as well 
the director of the school's art 
therapy education program. In 
1998, she received the 
Distinguished Service Award 
from the American Art Therapy 
Association. Trudy and her 
husband Douglas have four 
children: Margaret Ashley, 12, 
Bryce Cameron, 11, Kathryn, 3, 
and newborn Virginia Meredith. 



Timonium MD has two children, 
Austin, 5, and Hunter, 1. 
Michelle works with the Xerox 
Corporation in sales, and 
husband Randy is a teacher, 
coach and producer of a 
television sports show. 


Middlebrook VA was one of 
three female farmers featured 
in the October 19, 1998 edition 
of the Ridimond Times- 
Dispatch. The article was titled 
'Women's Work: Virginia's 
Female Farmers Growing in 
Their Field." 

CHRISTIE BOYD Woytowitz of 

Millersville MD is a senior loan 
officer with Rrst Mariner 
Mortgage Corporation. She and 
husband Charles have three 
children: Blake, 15, Rebecca, 
5, and Charles Jr, 4. 


Bergmann of Mount Pleasant 
SC runs a home-based 
business selling stationery, 
invitations and gift items. She 

and husband Bob have three 
children: John, 12, Slender, 10, 
and Caroline, 3. 


of Hardy VA and husband Eddie 
toured Turkey and Greece last 


and husband Mark moved to 
Dallas TX in January 1998, 
where Mark accepted a 
partnership with Jones, Day, 
Reavis and Pogue. In 
September, Melinda gave birth 
to twins, Mark Jr. and 
Marguerite. The couple 
purchased an older home in the 
University Park area and they 
are renovating it. 

Koon of Asheville NC and 
husband Karl have two 
children, Kelly, 5, and 
Katherine, 3. 

KOY EDMISTON Mislowsky of 

Winchester VA and husband 
Ronald have three children: 
Emily, Elizabeth and Mary 
Allen, who are all in school. 


Tiverton Rl is a freelance 
designer. She and husband 
John have three children: Billy, 
14, Christopher, 11, and 
Jamison, 6. 


Bannon of Arlington VA is a 
first-grade teacher in the 
Alexandria City Public School 
System and a consultant for 
the Northern Virginia Writing 
Project. She has two sons, 
Barrett and Jan. 


Spring 1999 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Brenda Rabenau '92 and Christopher Michael Erwin were married on 
September 5, 1998 in Baltimore MD, The wedding party included (k): 
Elise Erwin, Noel Bevan '92, Alice Washington '92, the bride, Karen 
Rabenau, Julie Birmingham '92 and Maria Erwin Gallo. Other MBC 
classmates attending included, Leslie Feltner Moody, "Jo" Schuler and 
Joy Bigaike Chien. Brenda and Chns live in Towson MD, where Brenda 
works as a field-marketing manager for McCormick & Company, Inc. 
She is responsible for marketing and account specific advertising for 
the northeastern region. She has been nominated as a member of the 
McCormick & Company Multiple Management Board for the sales 
department. Brenda is also working toward her MBA at Loyola College. 

LISA POWERS Kissane of 

Ocala FL is a special-needs 
teacher. She has two sons, 
Bobby and Stephen. 


ordained as an Episcopal 
priest in the Diocese of 
Virginia on December 10, 
1998. She is the priest at 
Buck Mountain Episcopal 
Church in Earlysville VA. 


Alfano of Chapel Hill NC 
competed in the 26.2 mile 
Marine Corp Marathon in 
Washington DC in October 
1998. She finished the 
course in 4 hours and 36 
minutes. She and husband 
Bill have two children, Louisa 
Ann, 8, and Stuart, 5. 
Besides running, Mary 
Stuart's other activities 
include volunteer community 

LESLIE LEWIS Cranberry of 

Atlanta GA and husband 
Marc have two children, 
Whitney, 3, and newborn 
Francesca. Leslie is a 
housewife and Marc is owner 
of the southeastern 
franchise of the Stonite 


Williams is a board certified 
dermatologist, specializing in 
skin cancer screening and 
treatment. She works at the 
Central Dermatology Center 
in Chapel Hill NC. 


SUSAN ROSE Shelld of 

Charlotte NC and husband 
George have three children: 
Katie, 7, Ellie, 5, and Cabell, 



Fort Irwin CA is a "stay-at- 
home mom" to daughters, 
Kate, 7, and Emma Jane, 3. 
Her husband Christopher has 
been promoted to the rank of 
major in the Army, and the 
family plans to move to Fort 
Leavenworth KS this 

Eisenberg and family have 
moved to a new home in 
Fairfax VA after living two 
years in Hawaii. Carrie has a 
one-year-old daughter, Lydia. 


has moved to Cocoa Beach 
FL where she works as a 
logistics coordinator with 
Clean Sites, Inc. She also 
works with the EPA out of her 
home office. 


of Charlotte NC and husband 
John have two children, Kate, 
3, and Jack, 1. 


been named a limited 
partner with Edward Jones 
Investments in Winchester 
VA. She and her husband Jay 
have one child, Rhodes 


A Harvard Law School Sears Prize Winner 

by Bridget Atchison '99 

When students graduate from college they have high hopes for the 
future. Danielle Splnelll Is fulfilling hers. Splnelll graduated from Mary 
Baldwin College In 1985 at the age of 17. This spring she completed 
her final year at the Harvard Law School, where she served as execu- 
tive editor of the Harvard Law Review. 

At MBC, Splnelll was an English major with an interest in French 
and philosophy. "MBC was wonderful for me in many ways, primarily 
because of the small classes and the amount of individual attention I 
was able to get from professors, which I think was particularly impor- 
tant given how young I was," says Splnelll. 

During her last two years at MBC, Spinelli was the editor of the 
student literary magazine Miscellany. "It was a great experience. Given 
the small staff, I did a lot of the hands-on editorial and production 
work, as well as my own writing," she said. 

Immediately after graduating, Spinelli worked as a resident courv 
selor in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted program for a year. 
Later she moved to New York City, where she completed the coursework 
for a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Columbia University and also 
taught literature and writing to Columbia undergraduates. 

Spinelli then worked as a paralegal at a New York trademark law 
firm, where she helped clients choose and register trademarks. While 
working at the law firm, she applied to law school; but before starting 
at Harvard, she took a year off to work with an experimental theater 
company that was just starting. She helped them put together their 
first full production off-Broadway. 

Spinelli completed her final semester at Harvard Law School and 
received her diploma in June. She plans to be a law clerk for federal 
appellate judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 
Second Circuit in New Haven, CT. Clerkships last one year, and 
Spinelli's ends in 2000. "Eventually, I would like to teach law." says 
Spinelli. "I'm also interested in appellate litigation, particularly on 
constitutional issues." She had a taste of such litigation while work- 
ing at the D.C. offices of Jenner & Block. 

"I guess it's obvious that I did not always plan to go to law school; 
however, I'm very happy with my decision. "I've learned a huge amount 
here, I've made some wonderful friends, and I've also had the experi- 
ence of working on a major scholarly journal, editing articles written 
by well-known legal scholars," she says. 

In 1997, Spinelli received the coveted Joshua Montgomery Sears 
Prize at Harvard. The award was established in 1912 by Sarah C. 
Sears in memory of her son, Joshua M. Sears (Class of 1904). The 
award is given annually to four students for academic achievement: 
the two first-year and two second-year students with the highest grade 
point averages. 

The Map.v BALrjv/jM Coi.i,EfiE Magazine 

Several MBC friends gathered in Staunton VA in 
September to commemorate the 10th 
anniversary of their first meeting as freshmen in 
the fall of 1988. Catching up on old times are: 
Susan O'Donnell Black '92, Katherine Brown 
'92, Aimee Ray '92, Michelle Palmer Bedell '90 
PEG and Mary Cocke '92. 

Michele Cargain '94 PEG and Dr. Ryan O'Connell 
were married on June 13, 1998. The ceremony was 
held at St. Joseph's Church in Stockbridge MA, with 
a reception at the historic Chesterwood Estate. MBC 
guests included, Damaris Christensen '90 PEG, 
Chandra Gavin '95 PEG, Kristie Bowman '96, the 
bride, Dori Akerman '92 PEG, matron of honor Rose 
Chu '92 PEG, Jenny Nelson Juran '94 PEG. Michele 
is a toxicologist for Graham-Massey Analytical Labs, 
Inc, and Ryan is a first-year medical intern at Yale- 
New Haven Hospital. 

Rebecca Runnels 
'94 and Christo- 
pher Lynn 
Cheatham (VPI 
'95) pose with 
their wedding party 
after their April 26, 
1997 wedding. 
Classmates, Alicia 
Hawks Burdzel '94 
(second row, left) 
and Angela 
Lawhorn Lee '94 
(third row, left) 
were matron of 

honor and bridesmaid, respectively. The couple 
lives in Chester VA. Rebecca is a teacher with the 
Petersburg Public Schools, and Chris is an 
environmental engineer for Apex Environmental, Inc. 


JULIE SEAVOR Sanger and 

husband Paul moved into a 
new home in Staunton VA in 
September. The couple has 
one child, Catherine Celeste, 
1. Julie is a kindergarten 
teacher at Craigsville 
Elementary School. 



James Cain were married in 
September 1998 in Paris 
France, where they reside. 



and husband John have two 
children, Andrew Marshall, 2, 
and newborn Ashley Elizabeth. 

Dr. James Greenwood were 
married in November 1997. 
Martha is a post-doctorate 
research associate, and 
James is a research associate 
at UCLA. 

LEIGH MAYO of Lexington VA 
has been teaching sixth grade 
at Lyiburn Downing Middle 
School for nine years and 
coaching the cheerleading 
squad for six. She was 
selected for the 1998 edition 
of Who's Who Among 
American Teachers. 

MAMI UEDA Morizuka of 

Saitama Japan and husband 
Shin have two sons, Ryo and 

SUSIE MORRIS of Anchorage 
AK has been named vice 
president for the Alaska 
operations of Morris 
Communications Corporation. 


lives only 40 minutes from 
Disney World in Florida. Her 
husband Todd has re-entered 
the Air Force and is stationed 
at MacDill Airforce Base in 
Tampa FL. 


Boldt of Arlington VA is 
executive director of sales 
and marketing for Mid- 
Atlantic Heaith Care Buyer, a 
regional resource guide for 


earned a B.S. from Virginia 
Commonwealth University in 
1996, and in April 1997, she 
married William E. Gray. In 
December 1997 she 
changed her name to 
Frances Ruth Francis. She is 
the owner of The Frances 
Francis Company, which does 
painting, design and 

GA is the manager of 
marketing services for the 
law firm of Sutherland, Asbill 
& Brennan LLP. Jennifer 
worked in the Sutherland 
Washington DC office for six 
years before being 
transferred to Atlanta in 
March 1997. 


Brauch of Roanoke VA and 
husband Timothy have one 
child, Ryan Christopher, 2. 
Debby is director of 
marketing and communica- 
tions for the Roanoke Valley 
chapter of United Way. 


Lookout Mountain TN and 
husband Dan have one child, 
Margaret Reed, 1. 

Dunbar and family have 
moved back to Kenbridge VA. 
Hope is an internal auditor 
for Benchmark Community 

TONYA McNABB has moved 
to Marietta GA where she is 
working in marketing for 
Crown Crafts and building a 
new home to share with her 
dog Sandy. 



of New Orleans LA has been 
promoted to territory 
manager at Universal 
Personnel, a full-service 
technical staffing company. 

Randolph of Fort Monroe VA 
works for West Telecommuni- 
cations Inc. She and 
husband Alan have two 
children, Zachary, 3, and 
James Carter, 1. 



Parsippany NJ is an 
investment analyst in the 
capital market division for 
Metropolitan Life Insurance 
Company in New York City. 

JULIE LODGE of Houston TX 
is engaged to Christopher 
Ronald Ustruck, who 
graduated from Georgia Tech 
and is a chemical engineer 
for Equistar Chemicals. The 
couple met in graduate 

school at the University of St. 
Thomas where they are both 
working on their MBA 
degrees. A May 1999 
wedding is planned. 

earned her master's degree 
In education from East 
Stroudsburg University in 
December. She is a science 
teacher at Pleasant Valley 
High School in Brodheadsville 
PA, and she is certified to 
teach biology and chemistry. 


of Roanoke VA and husband 
Chas have one child, Lucas 
Philip, 1. 

Washington DC and is 
working at the Maryland 
Network Against Domestic 
Violence as a diversity 
specialist. She writes 
statewide policy to reduce 
barriers to service for people 
with special needs. 


CROCKETT has moved to 
Bristol VA after teaching 
special education at a 
correctional facility in 
Richmond VA for three years. 
Paige has been named 
executive director of Girls 
Incorporated, a non-profit 
organization dedicated to 
encouraging girls between 
the ages of five and 18 to 
"be strong, smart and bold." 
The group, formerly known as 
the Girls Club of America, 
operates via after-school and 
summer programs. There are 
over 2,000 Girls Incorporated 
centers in the United States. 


of Broadway VA became a 
member of the International 
Society for Pharmaceutical 
Engineering (ISPE) last May. 
She is employed by Merck & 

LUCIA MORGAN completed 
work on her master's degree 
in social work at Tulane 
University in December. She 
works for a homeless shelter 
for women in New Orleans 

GINA PEREZ of Brighton MA 
will be working as a summer 
associate with the corporate 
law firm of Hutchins, Wheeler 
and Dittmar in Boston MA. 
She will return to the Boston 
College School of Law in the 
fall to complete her final 


(PEG) of Detroit Ml earned a 
bachelor's degree from 
Michigan State University and 
is attending the Indiana 
School of Law. 


Richmond VA has worked at 
Circuit City's corporate 
headquarters for three years. 
In April 1998, she was 
promoted to advertising 


Atlanta GA works for Hickory 
Hill Landscaping. 



has been promoted to social 
work supervisor for the city 
of Waynesboro VA. 


Spring 1999 

Bride-to-be Sara Mackey 

'98 looks on as her 

bridesmaids "show a little 

leg." Pictured (l-r) are 

Sara Dolan '98, Morgan 

Albert '99, Denise 

Ricotta, Sue Smith '97 

and Wendy Barnes '97. 

Sara and Dan Dunn (VIVII 

'98) were married on May 

30, 1998 at Bethel 

Presbyterian Church in 

Staunton. Other MBC friends in attendance included, Melinda Alley 

'01, Kristina Arnold '98, Kim Cordes '99, Nan Garrett '98, Beth 

Hawse '98, Denise Hayes, Jamie Johans '00, Emily King '01, 

Gettys Kobiashvili '00, Deana Lehmuth '99, Carrie Morgan '00, 

Connie Saunders '98, Erin Tabscott '00, MBC Professor of Theatre 

Dr. Virginia R. Francisco '64 and MBC Professor of Theatre "Terry" 

Koogler Southerington '72. The couple lives in Fredericksburg VA, 

where Sara is completing her student teaching assignment. 

Land TX is an accountant for 
the M. D. Anderson Cancer 
Center at the Texas Medical 
Center in Houston TX. She 
serves the hospital's 
Volunteer Services Depart- 
ment, including gift shops and 
auxiliary fund-raising 


earned her bachelor's degree 
in earth and planetary science 
at Johns Hopkins University in 
the spring of 1997, and she 
earned her master's degree in 
environmental engineering 
from Stanford University. She 
is a first-year law student at 
Berkeley and plans to 
specialize in environmental 


Mark Saunders were married 
in August 1998 at the 
University of Virginia Chapel. 
After an east coast honey- 
moon, the couple settled in 
Charlottesville VA, where 
Elizabeth works for Crutchfield 


JENNIFER FLOYD of Lexington 
VA is a teacher at Natural 
Bridge Elementary School. 

LANGLOIS is a first-year law 
student in the Columbus 
School of Law at the Catholic 
University of America in 
Washington DC. 


Nashville TN will graduate in 
August from Vanderbilt 

University with an MSN in 
nursing. She will be certified 
as a women's health nurse 
practitioner. Laura entered 
MBC's cooperative program at 
Vanderbilt after completing her 
junior year at MBC and 
returned in 1998 to graduate 
with her class. She is engaged 
to Robert Hagan Stone of 
Clarksville TN. A November 
1999 wedding is planned. 

KELLY PIKE is working in 
W/ashington DC at the United 
States Postal Service 
Inspector General's Office. 
She hopes to enter law school 
in the future. 


Charlottesville VA is engaged 
to Andrew Cook. An October 
1999 wedding is planned. 


LINDA WILSON '80 of Afton 
VA is executive director of the 
Coordinated Area Transporta- 
tion Services (CATS). The 
organization provides 
transportation for individuals 
with disabilities, the elderly 
and others with special needs 
in the Augusta County area. 

PEGGY COOPER '92 of Salem 
VA was promoted to director 
of human resources at 
Thomas Rutherfoord 


of Martinsville VA welcomed 
her first grandchild, Jacob Axl 
Kahila Oostdyk, in September 


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Mechanicsville VA is president 
and owner of Fornash 
Diamonds and Fine Jewelry. 
Her business was featured in 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
On September 21, 1998. She 
and her sister Cheryl Fornash 
Hoffman run the jewelry 
salon, which is located in the 
Shockoe Slip area of 

JUDY MOORE '95 of Saxe VA 
successfully defended her 
master's thesis and will 
graduate in May 1999 from 
Virginia State University with a 
master's in American history. 
She hopes to obtain a 
position in the career field of 
museums or government. The 
National Library of Poetry 
published one of her untitled 
poems in March 1999. 


TRUDY MARTIN Rauch '80 and 
Douglas: a daughter, Virginia 
Meredith, August 19, 1998 
Randall: a son, Hunter Reynolds, 
February 1, 1998 
ANN HAYES Petro '81 and Tonn: a 
son, Weston, March 24, 1998 
'82 and Mark: twins, Mark Jr. and 
Marguerite, September 26, 1998 
LESLIE LEWIS Cranberry '84 and 
Marc: a daughter, Francesca 
Lewis, August 26, 1998 
JUDY CLEGG Oguich '85 and Eric: 
a son, Garrett Wesley, December 
25, 1997 

'86 and Alan: a daughter, 
Elizabeth "Betsy" Paige, July 6, 

'87 and James: a son, James 
Goss IV, September 25, 1997 
EMILY MASON Riffee '87 and 
Steven: a son, Henry Mason, 
September 23, 1998 
ALLISON YOUNG Smith '87 and 
Jay: a son, Rhodes Charles, May 
26, 1998 

Stuart Wiseman: a son, Ian 
Casimir, March 7, 1998 
'89 and Stephen: a son, William 
Pitt, October 16, 1998 
and John: a daughter, Ashley 
Elizabeth, January 18, 1999 
AMY TUNSTALL Burleson '91 and 
Edward: a son, Edward Arnold III, 
October 1, 1998 

'91 and Clayton: a daughter, 
Kathryn Oliver, October 5, 1998 
and Alan: a son, James Carter, 
February 25, 1998 


MARYJO vonTury '77 to Dwinal W. 

Smith on September 13, 1997 

HELEN LETTUNICH '86 to Richard 

Lowry Chaney, Jr. on October 31, 


PENNY DEARBORN '89 to James 

Cain on September 25, 1998 


James Greenwood in November 



to Robert Calvin Beverly on 

December 12, 1998 


to John R. Kane on August 22, 



Christopher Michael Erwin on 

September 5, 1998 


Ryan O'Connell on June 13, 1998 


Miller Bobbins III on October 10, 



Christopher Lynn Cheatham on 
April 26, 1997 

Lowrey on September 19, 1998 
MAURY IRVINE '96 to Kevin Lee 
Ricketson on December 5, 1998 
Saunders on August 8, 1998 
HOLLY FRAZIER '98 to Jared A. 
McCormick on May 24, 1998 
Shawn Layton, December 12, 

SARA MACKEY '98 to Dan Dunn 
on May 30, 1998 
Michael Dabney Wade on 
December 19, 1998 



'26, October 27, 1998 

MARY WAHERS Cresswell '31, 

October 21, 1998 

HELTON McANDREW '32, January 

15, 1999 


'34, October 22, 1998 


November 8, 1998 


DePue '41, October 14, 1998 

ANN JORDAN Bast '44, January 2, 



September 22, 1998 


September, 1998 


Wampler '47, November 25, 1998 


'54, October 29, 1998 


December 27, 1998 


19, 1999 


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MBC alumnae congratulate bride 
Katharine Hoge '98 and groom 
Matthew Koelsch at their 
October 10, 1998, wedding. 
Joining the bride and groom are 
1998 classmates Elizabeth 
Calhoun, Courtney Straw, 
Meredith Molteni, "Katie" 
Garrett, Danette Wfen, and 
bridesmaids Erin Grumbach and 
Ashley Fisher. Other MBC friends 
and relatives attending the 
wedding included, Caroline 
Wright '98, "Liz" Chock '98, 
"Katie" Lewis '98, Patty Tipton 

Pugh '55, Elizabeth Taylor Carter '77 and "Kathy" Goddard Bennett '79, 
mother of the bride. The couple lives in Honolulu HI, where Katharine works 
in sales for Oceanic Cable Television, a subsidiary of Time-V\/arner Entertain- 
ment. Matthew is a federal agent for the United States Department of 
Justice with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 

Margaret Hunt Hill (class of 
1937 and former MBC 
trustee) posed with 
grandson Al. G. Hill IV for a 
1999 New Year's postcard. 


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Celebrating Betty 

Last fall the mayor of Allentown, PA, proclaimed October 17, 1998, to be 
Betty Winn Day to honor Alice "Betty" Buel Winn '33 

for her years of public service as a community orga- 
nizer, fundraiser, and volunteer, as well as her four 
years of service in the Women's Army Corps during 
World War II. She remembers her war years this way: 

In 1942, 1 was an advertising copy writer for Hess's 
department store and was having a difficult time 
with chairman Max Hess. I suggested to my co- 
workers that they join the newly formed WACs in 
protest, but when we marched to the post office, all the applications had 
already been handed out. Encouraged by my father, who felt that a tour 
of duty would help me get a better job after the war, I went back the next 
day and filled out an application. I was one of only seven women 
selected for the WACs that year. 

I was sworn in in Philadelphia on July 30, was commissioned 
November 7 (2nd lieutenant), and began a long and interesting group of 
assignments, ending up in Berlin in 1945 as commanding officer of the 
WAC detachment assigned to OMGGUS, the Office of Military Govern- 
ment for German U.S., the American contingent in post-war Germany 
headed by Gen. Lucius D. Clay. 

My days in Europe included such adventures as dancing with then 
General Dwight D. Eisenhower in an officers' club in Germany not in a 
romantic encounter, but as two comrades in war on a dance floor far 
from home. I also met Eleanor Roosevelt during one other visits to the 
WACs. Mrs. Roosevelt was a warm, friendly person, but she could be 
blunt, too. She told it like it was. 

The WACs were not all about adventures and parties. While in Berlin, 
I witnessed the return of German soldiers from Russian prison camps. 
They were cold, threadbare, and shoeless as they came back and found 
their homes bombed out. Little groups of men would gather on street 
corners, burning furniture to keep from freezing. 

Also, during the time I was assigned to a Sioux Falls Army Air Base 
in September 1942, one of our fellow officers was murdered. I had to 
identify the body, and it was not a pleasant sight. The case was never 

I was commander of a WAC detachment who trained bombing crews 
to operate and repair radios. Most of the women had been homemakers 
before the war. They were a smart bunch of cookies. 

When I was discharged in 1945, more than four years after enlisting, 
I was happy to have had the adventure, but I was eager to get back home 
and resume a normal life. 

After her military service, Winn attended Parson's New York School of Fine 
and Applied Art and worked as interior decorator for Lord & Taylor and 
Hess's. During this time she met and married her husband, Earl, a buyer 
trainee from Georgia. They have two children and two grandchildren. 

Normal life for Winn has involved a lifetime of community service. She 
has done volunteer work for the Allentown Symphony Association, the 
Family and Children's Services, the board of the Lehigh County Senior 
Citizens Center, the committee for Allentown Band Youth Concerts and the 
Old York Road Committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra. "I'm a volunteer, 
born and bred," she said. "I've had a happy life." 

Richmond Alumnae Chapter 
invites all alumnae to 



at the 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 

Thursday, October 12, 1999 

This is tlie largest exhibition of ancient 
Egyptian treasures to visit North America in 
decades, and Richmond will be the oniy east 
coast site for it. Over 200 masterpieces wili 
be on display, including an unwrapped 
mummy, a life-size statue of a pharaoh, and 
gold and lapis lazuli jewelry. 

For more information, please call the Office 
of Alumnae Activities at 1-800-763-7359, or 

the Seeds 

Want to know more about . . 

• Event Planning 

• Admissions Volunteers 

• Alumnae Career Network 

• Alumnae Involvement Awards 

• Why You Should be a Volunteer 

• 20 Ways to Stay Involved With MBC 

Contact the Office of Alumnae Activities 
l-800'763'7359 to get your copy of "At a Glanc 
our new alumnae involvement guidebook. 


The Mary Baldwin College Magazin 

ch apters in action 


Ann Ritchie McHugli '56 hosted a Low 
Country Shrimp Boil at her home in Savannah 
in January. Area alumnae met executive 
committee members of the Alumnae 
Association Board of Directors and MBC 
staff, including Vice President of Institutional 
Advancement Mark Atchison, Executive 
Director of Alumnae Activities Shea Shannon, 
Director of Alumnae Projects Anne Holland 
'88 and Director of Volunteers Dana Allen. 
Local chef "Hurricane IVIike" cooked up a 
rave-revue menu, including roasted oysters, 
boiled shrimp, and stump jumper sand- 
wiches. Here, Margie Livingston '69 visits 
with Alumnae Association Executive Commit- 
tee member Susan Train Fearon '69 (1999 
Homecoming Committee chair). 


Byrd Williams Abbott '64 and husband Cort 
welcome MBC President Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson 
to their home for a pre-millennium party, 
"Cocktails, Conversation and Chili," on 
January 8. Dr. Cynthia Tyson brought 
greetings and updates from the college with 
the help of Executive Director of Alumnae 
Activities Shea Shannon and Alumnae 
Association President Judy Lipes Garst '63. 


While touring The Webb School and other 
private secondary schools in Tennessee, 
MBC President Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson joined 
Associate Dean of Admissions Jacqui Elliott- 
Wonderley '93 and several area alumnae for 
dinner at the home of Penny Wev Frere '64. 
Attending were back row (l-r) Mary Bagley 
Higgins '43, Penny Wev Frere '64 and Jacqui 
Elliott-Wonderley '93. Front row (l-r) Collier 
Andress Smith '91, Dr. Tyson and Jane 
Townes '69 

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Joy Bigaike Chien '92 made all the arrange- 
ments for an alumnae brunch at Victoria 
Station in Old Town Phoebus in November. 
Nearly 20 Hampton-Newport News area 
alumnae joined Executive Director of Alumnae 
Activities Shea Shannon for a college update. 
Also attending were Lee Johnston Foster '75, 
Hannah Campbell Boatwright '42 and Emma 
Padgett FitzHugh '40. 


Nearly 50 alumnae, friends, and current and 
former faculty members celebrated the 
holiday season with a festive Holiday Cheer 
party at the home of Henry and Nancy Kunkle 
Carey '51 on December 9. 


The 60-member Mary Baldwin College Choir 
and Madrigal Singers, accompanied by a 
harpist, performed a variety of songs for 25 
alumnae and friends at an elegant holiday 
event in Williamsburg on December 3. The 
evening started with a light supper featuring 
18"'-century cuisine at Shield's Tavern in 
Colonial Williamsburg, during which Executive 
Director of Alumnae Activities Shea Shannon 
gave a college update. After supper, the 
group walked to Bruton Parish Church to 
enjoy the college choir and the Madrigal 
Singers. The Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter 
extends its thanks to the student singers, 
Choir Director Curtis Nolley and Madrigal 
Director Anne Wick for an extraordinary 




July 25, 1998 

Alumni Party 

MBC contact: "Squeaky" Suggs '92 


August 22, 1998 
A Day at the Races 


August 29, 1999 

7"' Annual Commonwealth 

of Virginia Party 


September 13, 1998 
Virginia Colleges Mixer for 
the Classes of 1980-1998 


October 4, 1998 
6"" Annual Taste of Virginia Social 


December 6, 1998 
Virginia Colleges Mixes for 
the Classes of 1980-1998 


February 13, 1999 
Commonwealth Day XV 


February 18, 1999 
"Girls' Night Out" Painting Party 

The Makv BALrjvciN College M/ 



The Real 
Business of 
Health Care 

by Dr. Steven A. Mosher, 

Director of MBC's Health Care 

Administration Program 

and Professor of Political Science 

Jim was 75 years old, had Alzheimer's disease, and was in failing health. His hospital stay of 
3 day s was at the end, and it was time for him to be transferred to a nurs ing home — but which 
one? He was rejected by the first one his family tried; simply put, he was not the right type - 
he was going to be a Medicaid patient, not a "private pay." Unfortunately, stories like this are 
becoming common. Earlier this year, Vencor Inc. long-term care facilities told Medicaid 
residents they must leave because the company was not making enough money from them. 

Such reports make one wonder if the health care world has lost its way. What is the real 
business of health care? Is to make a profit off the poor health of the population? Is it to serve 
only those with the ability to pay — and pay a lot — in the case of nursing home care and 
assisted living? 

Health care is a business, of course. Revenues need to be raised to pay bills and make a 
profit. This is true for physicians' practices, hospitals and nursing homes, the latter of which 
are 75 percent for-profit and need to satisfy their investors. 

No one would debate the fact that health care organizations must be run professionally, 
utilizing modem management techniques such as strategic management, integrating 
administrative and clinical functions, and making use of computerized information systems. 
But health care should not be devoid of an ethical and moral base. Decisions about access to 
services need to include considerations of fairness, equity, and respect for the dignity and 
integrity of the persons served. 

A decision to remove residents of a nursing home because others would bring in higher 
revenue speaks to a budget-driven health care system run aground. Health care is about more 
than just making money (and there is a lot to make — 14 percent of our GDP). It is also about 
taking care of how much health care costs and planning how to make such services more 
accessible to more people. We should be careful not to promote a tiered system of long term 
care. Nursing homes are more than business ventures; they are the legal addresses for two 
million people — their homes. Residents may well be in the "last laps of their lives" (a favorite 
phrase of the late Claude Pepper) , but they deserve a dignified environment. The real business 
of health care is just that — taking care of those who cannot manage by themselves. 

The real business of health care must be a marriage of the best of both worlds of business 
and care. It involves a shared responsibility — providers need to offer quality care at a 
reasonable price, keeping in mind that the health of a community is their highest priority. 
Patients need to share some of the costs, not only leaving it up to their insurance company 
to pay. The values that guide this marriage of good business practice and fair share 
responsibility include accountability, honesty, openness and candor. Not greed, secrecy and 

When my dad, Jim, died in a nursing home of Alzheimer's disease and a bad heart four 
years ago, my heart broke. He never wanted to die in such a place under such conditions. His 
stay was only 30 days long. The administrator never met a family member; the medical 
director was nowhere to be found when he died. His life ended, his room was cleaned and 
another dad or mom was probably put into it. And yet, it was important that he had a place 
to go to where he could receive the level of care he needed, and the nursing staff was 
exceptionally kind and helpful. 

We need nursing homes, just as we need hospitals. Without them, where would people 
go who are unable to care for themselves? But we need to realize that efficient and effective 
health care can include a heartfelt desire to serve — we can be humane and be in business. 
Health care is not a job; it is a way of life. Let us live it intelligently, in a way of which we can 
be proud. 


Spring 1999 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Memorial gifts made to Mary Baldwin 
College's endowment fund in honor of Dr. 
Thomas Hancock Grafton, professor of 
sociology from 1933 to 1971, are gratefully 
appreciated. The MBC community would like 
to thank the following contributors who 
celebrated his life: 

Mr. & Mrs. James E. Albright 

Mrs. Norman H. Barlow 

Sara "Sally" Armstrong Bingley '60 

Katherine Holt Dozier '40 

Jane F. Espy 

Dr. & Mrs. Charles C. Freed Jr. and family 

Felecia Chandler Freed '57 
Virginia Worth Gonder '39 
Martha Brown Hamrick '48 
Sara Brooks Nair James '44 
Dr. Sara N. James '69 
Lobenta Davis Johnson 
Jeanette Cone Kimmel 
King, Walker, Lambe, Crabtree, P.L.L.C. 
Dr. & Mrs. Myron Bennett Liptzin 
Dr. & Mrs. James D. Lott 
Rosalinda Roberts Madara '63 
Maxine Dunlap Molntyre '39 
Dr. & Mrs. Allen W. Mead 
Dr. John F. Mehner 
Dr. Patricia H. Menk 
Mr. & Mrs. Jack M. Moore 

Jean Young Moore '39 
Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Page 

Martha Anne "Mopsy" Pool Page '48 
Mr. & Mrs. William C. Pollard 
Mr. & Mrs. E. Lowry Raid Jr. 
Alice Gilkeson Simpkins '37 
Dr. Ethel M. Smeak '53 
Dr. & Mrs. McKeldon Smith 

Anne Sims Smith '45 
Jean Bickle Smith '46 
Charlotte Anne Tilley Sorrell '46 
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Stewart 
Mildred Roycroft Teer '44 
Betty Neisler Timberlake '45 
The Honorable & Mrs. Harry W. Wellford 

Katherine Potts Wellford '49 

Gifts in memory of Dr. Thomas Grafton should be 
directed to: 

Mark Atchison 

Vice President for Institutional 


Mary Baldwin College 

Staunton, VA 24401 

(800) 622-4255 

'The above gifts were received as of 3/31/99 

A Letter to MBC's 
Annual Fund Contributors 

As a freshman completing my first exciting semester at Mary 
Baldwin, I want to thank you for your support of the college's 
Annual Fund. Your contributions affect every minute of my days 
as an MBC student. 

I would not be at Mary Baldwin at all if it weren't for the 
Baldwin Scholarship and my on-campus job, both of which are 
supplemented by the Annual Fund. As one of seven children, I 
knew it would be up to me to find the funding for my college 
education. Until I learned of the financial aid available at MBC, 
state universities were my only options. I could be sitting in large 
classes, too afraid to ask a question. Instead, because of your 
support, I am thriving in MBC classes, where I receive individual 
attention and feel confident I am actually preparing for my 
future career as a pediatrician. 

Not only does your gift to the Annual Fund make it possible 
for me to be a Mary Baldwin student, it also provides the means 
for me to pursue my studies. I do not own a computer; therefore, 
I depend on the college's computer lab in Wenger Hall to 
complete my assignments. I use these computers and our library 
resources, including Internet access, to pull materials from all 
over the world to complete projects. My classroom learning 
experience is also enhanced by the college's state-of-the-art 
equipment, such as a scanning electron microscope, a new 
language lab and a multi-media projection system. These are 
available to every student because the Annual Fund supplements 
grants and restricted gifts. 

It is your gifts that enable Mary Baldwin to offer students 
like me a first-class education and experience. Please consider 
supporting the 1998-99 Mary Baldwin College Annual Fund. An 
anonymous alumna donor will match all increased gifts to the 
Annual Fund (up to a total of $50,000). Help us claim this 
challenge by giving an increased gift by 
June 30, 1999. Your gifts do make a 

Have a good year. 

Elise LaSota '02 

P.S. Thank you again for your support. 
Your gifts have made more of a difference 
in my life than you will ever know.